Police, Racism, and a Happy New Year

As we think about police, racism, and related issues, we need to consider the message of Martin Luther King, Jr. Events in Ferguson, Missouri, this year have definitely put this city in the center of public awareness.  But these events, which followed in the aftermath of a shooting death of a man by a police officer, have also led to protests in other cities including Dallas, Boston, LA, and New York. Modern day so called “civil rights leaders” like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, have Read more […]

Merry Christmas from Your Government

We remember God’s gift during Christmas and, as Americans, must hold our elected officials accountable to God and our Constitution. In this Christmas season I deeply consider giving and…well…shouldn’t we all?  I was taught as a child that to give is better than to receive.  At IOTC we follow the example of our founders: we believe God is above all power, especially Government. God gave you and I an amazing gift called rights – rights of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness Read more […]

No Jesus, No Rights!

If there is no Jesus there are no rights. Imagine you were playing football against a very determined opponent and a new rule was introduced. According to this new rule of play, your team could actually never have possession of the football. Every time you received a kick-off, or recovered a fumble, or intercepted a pass, or even when you took over on downs, play would stop immediately and possession of the ball would be returned to the other team. In this scenario you couldn’t possibly Read more […]

FDR’s Second “Bill of Rights”

This is, perhaps, the most remembered phrase attributed to the cartoon character Pogo in a syndicated cartoon strip of the same name.  Pogo was the invention of cartoonist Walt Kelly and first appeared 66 years” We Have Met the Enemy, and He is Us: FDR’s 2nd Bill of Rights” ago, this week, on October 4th, 1948. The phrase “We have met the enemy, and he is us” pretty well sums up the Kelly’s attitude toward the foibles of mankind and the nature of the human condition.   Indeed, Read more […]

Civil Rights or God-Given Rights?

Fifty years ago, when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. addressed a crowd of 250,000 people gathered in Washington, DC, he called on the people of the various states, and the government of these united States to live up to the principles espoused in the Declaration of Independence. But it was not, as many have falsely claimed, a call for “civil” rights. In fact, in my view, Dr. King was not a champion of “civil” rights. He was a champion of God-given rights. Dr. King made clear in his Read more […]