And Justice for all in America – Jon McNaughton

I painted “Justice for All” years ago for the lobby of the State Justice Building in Louisiana. I told the attorney general I didn’t know how long it would hang before someone demanded it be taken down. It’s still there as far as I know. Get the free eBook about my paintings at
– Jon McNaughton

11 Principles of a Conservative (Reagan Eleven)

Below are Kengor’s so-called “Reagan Eleven,” “11 specific beliefs that undergird Reagan’s thinking and action as a President and public figure,” that get to the “crux of what Reagan’s conservatism was about and what his emulators today might take to heart.” – the Blaze

1. Freedom

“this freedom principle was not just an American principle; for Reagan, it was a universal principle. Freedom was not the exclusive domain of Americans. Reagan said that freedom was one of the deepest and noblest aspirations of the human spirit.”

Ronald Reagan

All humans aspire to freedom. And when governments permit people to express their aspiration for freedom, especially in the economic sphere, freedom works. Reagan told the United Nations flatly, “the free market…works.” Conservatives thus needed to be freedom fighters. According to Reagan, conservatives should not simply be anti-big government or anti-communist or against high taxes and burdensome regulations, but, in the positive, “keepers of the flame of liberty.” By Reagan’s recounting, a conservative conserved freedom.”

“There is, said Reagan, a spiritual center at the “heart of freedom.” It is there because each of us is made in the image of God “the creator.” It is this that is truly “our power” and “our freedom.” Honoring freedom was thus “redeeming” in the eyes of God. The Creator had created freedom. He had created man. He had created us to be free. Honoring freedom meant honoring the Creator and our divine right.”

2. Faith

“For the conservative, freedom requires faith; it should never be decoupled from faith. Freedom not rooted in faith can lead to moral anarchy, which in turn, creates social and cultural chaos. Freedom without faith is the Las Vegas strip, not the City of God. Freedom without faith begets license and invites vice rather than virtue. Faith infuses the soul with a sanctifying grace that allows humans in a free society to love and serve their neighbors, to think about more than themselves. We aspire to our better angels when our faith nurtures and elevates our free will. Freedom not rooted in faith can lead to moral anarchy, which…creates social and cultural chaos.

[During a speech at Georgetown in 1988]: “He asked his audience to pray that America be guided by learning, faith and freedom. He quoted Alexis de Tocqueville…”Tocqueville said in 1835, and it’s as true today as it was then: ‘Despotism may govern without faith, but liberty cannot. Religion is more needed in democratic societies than any other. ‘” With a nod to his academic audience,

Reagan warned “Learning is a good thing, but unless it’s tempered by faith and a love of freedom, it can be very dangerous indeed. The names of many intellectuals are recorded on the rolls of infamy, from Robespierre to Lenin to Ho Chi Minh to Pol Pot.”

3. Family

“It is in a family that children are not only cared for but, said Reagan, “taught the moral values and traditions that give order and stability to our lives and to society as a whole.”…In a decidedly conservative sentiment, Reagan insisted that it is up to families to “preserve and pass on to each succeeding generation the values we share and cherish.”…Reagan insisted that our “concept of the family” “must withstand the trends of lifestyle and legislation.” And concepts like fatherhood, said Reagan, should mean what they have always meant in America…Not every new change or new law is right, nor is (said Reagan) every fad or fashion. “Progress” does not always progress toward the good (quite the contrary), especially when it latches on to the latest cultural dictate or fancy. The family, which is always older than the newest law or license, is a bulwark against the prevailing zeitgeist or latest cultural twaddle about ‘lifestyle.”…Reagan unwaveringly believed in and defended the traditional, time-tested, ancient, biblical, biological, natural understanding of family: a married man and a woman and their children.”

4. Sanctity and Dignity

of Human Life”Reagan’s concern for the right to life was…an outgrowth of his faith. The right to life was an issue he found inseparable from the life of Christ.In a January 1984 speech to religious broadcasters, he said, “God’s most blessed gift to his family is the gift of life. He sent us the Prince of Peace as a babe in the manger.” Like nineteenth-century clergy who led the movement to abolish slavery, Reagan as a Christian saw himself as duty-bound to fight abortion, which he equated with slavery in terms of moral outrage and deprivation of human dignity…[Reagan said during this 1984 speech]…”How can we survive as a free nation when some decide that others are not fit to live and should be done away with? I believe no challenge is more important to the character of American than restoring the right to life to all human beings. Without that right, no other rights have meaning. “Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not, for such is the kingdom of God.”

5. American exceptionalism

“In his [Reagan’s] partings words from the Oval Office, he said that he wanted an “informed patriotism,” and asked, “Are we doing a good enough job teaching our children what America is and what she represents in the long history of the world?…”…Reagan feared “an eradication of the American memory that could result, ultimately, in an erosion of the American spirit. Let’s start with some basics: more attention to history and a greater emphasis on civic ritual.” He hoped that not only educators but also parents would not fail the essential civic task, a task he saw as quintessentially American. With a smile for his national audience, Reagan gently asked children to hold their parents accountable, chiding, “And let me offer lesson number one about America: All great change in America begins at the dinner table. So, tomorrow night in the kitchen I hope the talking begins. And children, if your parents haven’t been teaching you what it means to be an American, let ’em know and nail ’em on it. That would be a very American thing to do. A very American thing to do. For Reagan, it was as American as a shining city built on rocks stronger than oceans, wind-swept, God-blessed. An exceptional America. That’s how Ronald Reagan saw it.”

6. The Founders’ wisdom and vision

Reagan went to the Founders on behalf of emphasizing the importance of limited government, the significance of faith to America and its people, and the inherited exceptionalism of America–as a “Shining City” with a special destiny for all mankind. In his own time, he portrayed a nation with people facing another historic challenge two centuries beyond the American Revolution: a Cold War challenge. He borrowed the ideals and principles of the Founders in coloring a portrait of the American nation and system in this new challenging period. He contrasted that nation and its system with the totalitarian system of the USSR. And the America he portrayed to its people and the wider world in the 1980s was still the Founders’ America. He evinced an abiding, ongoing patriotic and intellectual loyalty to their thoughts and vision. Their vision would sustain us still, in yet another challenge. In short, Reagan connected his vision of government with that of the Founders. He concluded that at the axis of this unique place forged by those unique Founders was a basic understanding that the proper, fundamental function of government was to protect life, liberty, property and the pursuit of happiness. Reagan’s founders were the authors and signers of a Constitution and Declaration that affirmed these basic principles of humanity–the First Amendment freedoms, the basic civil liberties, the nation’s first principles.”

7. Low taxes

“Reagan came to see the counterproductive nature of these excessive taxes. He thought the top rates so punitive they discouraged work, including his own. The so-called B movie actor was one of the top box-office draws at Warner Brothers. Reagan saw no incentive in continuing to work–that is, make more movies–once his income hit the top rate. He realized who suffered from that choice. It wasn’t Reagan; he was wealthy. It was the custodians, cafeteria ladies, camera crew, and working folks on the studio lot. They lost work. They lost money. Reagan was appalled. In speeches in the 1950s and 1960s, he blasted the progressive income tax as “right out of” Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto. Indeed, the Manifesto calls for “a heavy progressive or graduated income tax.” It is point two in Marx’s ten-point program, second only to his call for “abolition of property.” Reagan viewed such rates–and the government beat that they fed–as symptomatic of what he called “creeping socialism.”

8. Limited government

“Reagan felt that by January 1981, when he was inaugurated, the federal government had subsumed far too many roles and duties that should have been left to the private sector or to local and states governments. As noted, he believed that FDR saw the New Deal as merely a “temporary measure” during a time of “national emergency.” He speculated that FDR would not have advocated a permanent cradle-to-grave system that deterred so many Americans from financial independence and prosperity. Again, Reagan felt that this had only gotten worse–much worse–with LBJ’s Great Society. All of these liberal “good intentions” had merely helped foster a “dependency class.” And as government grew, so did tax rates to fuel the federal Leviathan. When Reagan invoked the mantra of “freedom,” it was about freedom not only from Soviet/communist tyranny abroad, but also from out-of-control big government at home.”

9. Peace through strength

“Reagan long maintained that a buildup in U.S. military strength would decrease the likelihood of war and increase the likelihood of peace. It would also, he predicted, bring the Soviet Union to the negotiating table to reduce nuclear missile arsenals. American needed to build up its weaponry before both superpowers could build down. Thus, Reagan believed that heightened defense spending was worthwhile even if it heightened the overall budget deficit The trade-off justified the cost….Importantly, this desire to bring the Soviets to the table for missile reductions reflects another core conviction of Ronald Reagan: He detested nuclear weapons. Contrary to the left’s vile caricature of him as a trigger-happy nuclear warmonger, Reagan was horrified at the prospects of nuclear war. He so badly wanted to reduce the nuclear threat that he actually favored a total abolition of nuclear weapons, a position vigorously rejected not only by many of his advisers but also by many liberal Democrats who advocated a policy of mutual-assured destruction (MAD) that they believed lessened the risk of a nuclear exchange.”

10. Anti-communism

As for Reagan, driven as he was by the “twin beacons” of faith and freedom, he was aghast at the communist war on religion. He saw himself as a voice for the voiceless in the communist world, those captive peoples languishing in the “heart of darkness.” He unhesitatingly labeled the Soviet empire an “Evil Empire.”When Reagan did so, his courageous candor and expression of undeniable truth was met with revulsion. Liberals blasted his (alleged) saber rattling and bellicosity. Nonetheless, Reagan held firm. In later defending himself for having dared to utter the truth about communism, he explained, “For too long our leaders were unable to describe the Soviet Union as it actually was…I’ve always believed, however, that it’s important to define differences.And what were those differences? Said Reagan, “The Soviet system over the years has purposely starved, murdered, and brutalized its own people. Millions were killed; it’s all right there in the history books. It put other citizens it disagreed with into psychiatric hospitals, sometimes drugging them into oblivion. Is the system that allowed this not evil? Then why shouldn’t we say so?”Reagan did say so. And he had said so from the beginning of his public life: There was no greater enemy to human freedom than communism.”

11. Belief in the individual

In America, every person was and is a sacred reality. It was a “profound truth,” said Reagan, that the “soul,” more than the “physical,” was “truly important.” Because they have eternal souls, individuals are incomparably more important than a temporal state. For a noneternal state to attempt to deny an eternal individual was intolerable and unacceptable.To Reagan, the individual is always superior to the state; the former is forever, the latter is fleeting. The individual takes form in the womb and remains just as vital throughout all stages of life. No matter what its stage or nation, the individual has a sacred dignity that must always be protected and defended.To a conservative, surely a Reagan conservative, every individual is special, unique, a potential producer with value and new dreams and ideas, one who adds to the world, not subtracts from it; every new individual is not to be lamented as yet another burden on the state, on poverty rolls, on redistribution, on “overpopulation,” on the environment’s precious “limited” resources, as another mouth the government must feed. Every new individual, beginning in the womb, holds promise and is to be welcomed, not feared, shunned, and certainly not destroyed.”

Paul Kengor, professor of political science at Grove City College, Reagan biographer, and author of numerous books including the 2012 title ”The Communist” (published under our Mercury Ink imprint) and “God and Ronald Reagan: A Spiritual Life,” does just this in a timely new book out tomorrow entitled “11 Principles of a Reagan Conservative.

The Swamp

My Pondering

I originally posted this on my Facebook wall 5 years ago, 2017.

DJT won some battles but they Swamp monsters fought back and are playing dirty….

…like Jan 6
…racial divide / riots
…using fbi and other agencies as political henchmen
…dumping ballots in the night to steal an election
…havesting ballots by abusing (if not co-creating) Covid
…practically ignoring our border

Some separation – Benjamin Franklin

My Pondering

Our founder clearly set up our government to be infused with Christian influence, principles and blessing but they did not want religion to influenced by the government.

We got it wrong…it’s a one way separation…not both. Definitely a religious influence upon Government NOT a government influence upon religion.

This statement from Franklin, one of least religious of our founders, clearly make this point clear.

American Heritage – June 2

My Pondering

My oh my, what’s the President of Harvard saying now?
Probably something like, “Discover your true gender”, “Your skin color is of utmost importance” and “We humans are sub-grade to all evolved life over these quintillion years”…and they say our modern society is enlightened. Rubbish.

We have more data and have conquered some wrongs over time, but many have stayed far off center in so many ways.
This is why we need to keep our nose in the Bible and learn from history.

What say you?

This blogger would definitely like to read from your comments and take on this. If you have a slice of wisdom or something to share, please so.

Governance and God – Benjamin Franklin

My Pondering

Franklin wasn’t a perfect man but he sure was a wise one.

He as an inventor, publisher, writer, statesman, ambassador and so much more.

This world we live in, this country of America is becoming more and more governed without the blessing of God and His political Providence .

We can create all the laws we want, scream to the clouds, march back and forth across the whole land but without God’s blessing, it is futile.

Without God, massacres will occur more and more.

Without God, babies will be aborted daily by the thousands.

Without God, their will be violence in the street, steadily increasing.

In the early 1960’s, some in this country thought it would be better to remove prayer to God in the classroom. They thought it smart to teach evolution as a proven science. They wanted to erect a new wall to keep God out government and their secular lives. They declared the Bible taboo and irrelevant.

Look what has happened since:

Franklin wasn’t a devoutly religious man but he was a keen student and very observant. America, we should heed his advice. God will NOT be mocked. We should not take His patience, long suffering and grace for granted.

Hey ‘Merica, Europe and most of the world, our society is out of order like this elevator.

Let’s Pray

There is ONLY one solution to our ills:

and My people, who are called by My Name, humble themselves, and pray and seek (crave, require as a necessity) My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear [them] from heaven, and forgive their sin and heal their land.

2 Chronicles 7:14

Abortion stops beating hearts. Period.

The Developing Heart and Resultant Heartbeat

The developing heart originates about day 18 or 19 from the mesoderm and begins beating and pumping blood about day 21 or 22. It forms from the cardiogenic region near the head and is visible as a prominent heart bulge on the surface of the embryo. The primitive heart begins to form an S shape within the pericardium between days 23 and 28. The internal septa begin to form about day 28, separating the heart into the atria and ventricles, although the foramen ovale persists until shortly after birth.

Between weeks five and eight, the atrioventricular valves form. The semilunar valves form between weeks five and nine.

Lumen Learning, the heart of a preborn baby

Here is a link to an informative article to learn more: HCI

My Pondering

In regard to abortion, both science and God’s word support each other. As an unashamed Christian, when in doubt I pick God’s Holy Word over the worldly people’s theories and speculation every single day and twice on Sunday (which today it is as I am writing this) when conflicting or unsubstantiated. The Bible may not speak to everything imaginable but it speaks to everything necessary.

Did not He that made me in the womb make him?

and did not One fashion us in the womb?

Job 31:15

God is the creator not a pregnant women. She would have no life if not for God. To usurp God’s plan by abusing one’s free will largely for convenience, career or whatever’s sake is venturing into a dangerous place. Eve (and complicit Adam) thought the knew better than God by buying into the devil’s lies and sinful selfishness. This bad apple of abortion didn’t roll far from that tree.

For the life of the flesh is in the blood

Leviticus 17:11a

Life is in the blood, our largest organ. Blood is supremely precious for the sustainment of all mammals, including humans at every stage of development; both the pre and post born. Where there is blood flowing, when blood is doing it’s many jobs, there is life indeed.

Jesus shed His blood for the remission of our sins, a final sacrifice.

By thee have I been holden up from the womb: thou art he that took me out of my mother’s bowels: my praise shall be continually of thee.

Psalm 71:6

God is the creator of life. Let’s be grateful for the fragile life of our flesh. We should care for it more than anything physical.

For You formed my innermost parts;

You knit me [together] in my mother’s womb.

Psalm 139:13

God makes it happen, both the physical and spiritual – as we are hybrid beings. A person’s soul and body are both formed prior to birth. Science can detect a heart-beat but not a soul-beat, that’s off the charts in a different dimension.

You know the commandments: ‘DO NOT MURDER…

Mark 10:19a

It is a terrible and heinous sin to murder; to take the life of an innocent human. Who could be more innocent and helpless than a pre-born child?

If men fight with each other and injure a pregnant woman so that she gives birth prematurely [and the baby lives], yet there is no further injury, the one who hurt her must be punished with a fine [paid] to the woman’s husband, as much as the judges decide.

But if there is any further injury, then you shall require [as a penalty] life for life,

Exodus 21:22-23

Though we live in a supposedly more enlightened and civil society than when this was written, the principle has not changed: innocent lives should not be harmed.

And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Act 2:38

We are all sinners. We were each born into sin. We all need to repent. There is forgiveness every sin except one and that’s not abortion. Sometimes, maybe often times, God uses our sin for His greatest glory. He often uses a repentant sinner as His greatest winner.

bearing graciously with one another, and willingly forgiving each other if one has a cause for complaint against another; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so should you forgive.

Colossians 3:13

Be kind and tenderhearted to one another, forgiving each other just as in Christ God forgave you.

Ephesians 4:32

The Bible call us hate what God hates and love what God loves. A tried and true saying is, “Love the sinner, hate the sin.”

We believes required forgiveness and thus should forgive too. And like the lady who was caught in adultery, Jesus forgave yet said to her ,”Go in peace and sin no more.”

In the 19th century, these United States rebuked indentured slavery with leadership including Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Englishmen Wilber Wilberforce, Harriet Tubman and predominantly Christian abolitionist from the north.

The 20th century key accomplishment was the crusade to ensuring equal rights no matter what gender or ethnicity including greats likes Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Martin Luther King Jr, Rosa Parks and so many others.

I hope and pray, the 21st century, sooner than later, America and the whole world shall protect the rights of the living unborn.

The right to killing a pre-born child aka ABORTION is not in our Constitution however it states as follows;

“We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

Preamble to Constitution for the United States of America

Should not ‘domestic tranquility’ include those beating hearts yearning for life in their mother’s wombs?

How about a ‘common defense’ of those pre-born person’s.

How about securing the ‘Blessings of Liberty’ to be born in the very first place?

Moving on to the Declaration of Independence, which proclaims boldly:

“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.”

Being murdered in the womb certainly and unequivocally makes the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness utterly impossible.

It has been rightly said that you can judge a society by how it treats it’s most helpless and innocent among them. It’s long past time to protect our pre-born who certainly are the most helpless and innocent.

Will you join this most righteous cause and be their loud voice and swift feet to take every legal and moral action to help them?