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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Anti-Jewish/Anti-Israel United Nations


Edited by John R. Houk
Posted December 3, 2016

Below is a short video I found on the G+ Community Americans against Jihad that talks about United Nations obvious discrimination against Jewish Israel favoring Arab interlopers calling themselves Palestinians. The UN again condemns Israel and demands the Golan Heights be returned to the most unstable nation in the Middle East which is Syria.

This is followed by an article by A.J. Caschetta at The Gatestone Institute about UN disinformation against Israel which would better termed as lies.

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Posted by Leibel A Mangel
Published on Nov 29, 2016

In a region that does not lack violence and wrong doing, the UN continues to focus on Israel.. Why?

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The UN's Palestine Language

November 30, 2016 4:00 am

o   For decades, UN agencies have slandered the Jewish state, most recently with the April 2016 accusation that it has been "planting Jewish fake graves" in Palestinian territory, and with UNESCO declaring last year that the ancient Jewish Biblical sites Rachel's Tomb and the Cave of the Patriarchs are actually Muslim holy sites, and last month that the Temple Mount, where the Jewish Temples were destroyed in 587 BCE and 70 CE, is an Islamic site with no connection to Judaism.

o   West Bank: This territory was for millennia called Judea and Samaria. After the 1948 War of Independence, Transjordan annexed it, renamed it the "West Bank," and occupied it for nearly two decades. In the Six Day War, after Jordan attacked Israel, Israel entered the territory and administered it until the Oslo Accords era, when Israel turned over much of the area to the Palestinian Authority.

o   Occupation: When it comes to Israel, the UN is obsessed with the word "occupation." A recent Wall Street Journal article documents 530 General Assembly references to Israel as an "occupying power" versus zero for Indonesia (East Timor), Turkey (Cyprus), Russia (Georgia, Crimea), Morocco (Western Sahara), Vietnam (Cambodia), Armenia (Azerbaijan), Pakistan (Kashmir), or China (Tibet). Saying that Jews are "occupying" Judea is as nonsensical as saying Arabs are "occupying" Arabia or Gauls are "occupying" France.

o   Settlement: The UN uses the term to insinuate Israeli theft of "Palestine." The Obama administration eagerly embraced this terminology. If there is an occupying force in Gaza, it is Hamas. The West Bank is "disputed territories" to anyone claiming a modicum of neutrality. As Elliot Abrams put it, "the term 'settlement' loses meaning when applied to Jews building homes in their nation's capital city."

US President-elect Donald Trump won the White House promising to reform our dysfunctional government. But will he also stand up to the even more dysfunctional United Nations?

As the Trump campaign emphasized in a position paper released November 2, the UN has long displayed "enormous anti-Israel bias." For decades, UN agencies have slandered the Jewish state, most recently with the April 2016 accusation that it has been "planting Jewish fake graves" in Palestinian territory, and with UNESCO declaring last year that the ancient Jewish Biblical sites Rachel's Tomb and the Cave of the Patriarchs are actually Muslim holy sites, and last month that the Temple Mount, where the First and Second Jewish Temples were destroyed in 587 BCE and 70 CE, is an Islamic site with no connection to Judaism. On the day America elected a new president, the UN adopted ten new resolutions against Israel.


UNESCO last year declared ancient Jewish Biblical sites to actually be Muslim holy sites: the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron (left) as the "Ibrahimi Mosque," and Rachel's Tomb in Bethlehem (right) as the "Bilal ibn Rabah Mosque." (Images source: Wikimedia Commons)

The UN's greatest achievements against the Jewish state have been rhetorical. By controlling the language of the Palestinian-Israel conflict, the UN has skewed the narrative falsely against Israel. This fabricated language is, in turn, absorbed and perpetuated by the media (both old and new), academics, politicians, and pop culture figures such as Roger Waters, further tainting the world's perception of the conflict.

UN documents regularly use the term "occupied Palestine" and refer to "occupied Palestinian territory" (especially the "West Bank") being stolen by Jewish "settlement activity." All four UN terms -- "Palestine," "occupation," "West Bank," and "settlement" -- are misleading.

Palestine: While UN documents regularly refer to "Palestine" and "the State of Palestine," there is, in fact, no state of Palestine. As David Bukay shows "there has never been a land known as Palestine governed by Palestinians at any time in history." Until recently there have never been a people nor a culture known as "Palestinian" distinct from "Arab." The Arabs who lived in UN Mandated Palestine turned down statehood in 1947 by rejecting UN Resolution 181. In 1974 the UN recognized the PLO, a terrorist organization, as the official representative of the Palestinian people, paving the way for its emergence from the Oslo peace process under the guise of the Palestinian Authority (PA). In 2000, the PA turned down yet another offer of statehood because the offer did not recognize the "right of return" for millions of descendants of those displaced in 1948 to relocate to within Israel -- a population transfer that would eliminate the existence of a Jewish state by demographic means. In 2012, the UN General Assembly upgraded the PA/PLO government to "Non-member Observer State"; UN rules dictate that new member states can only be created by the Security Council.

West Bank: The term "West Bank" is also a misnomer. In fact, this territory was for millennia called Judea and Samaria. After the 1948 War of Independence, Transjordan (now known as the Kingdom of Jordan) annexed it, renamed it the "West Bank," and occupied it for nearly two decades. In the Six Day War, after Jordan attacked Israel, Israel entered the territory and administered it until the Oslo Accords era; then it turned over much of the area to the Palestinian Authority. The final borders of a Palestinian state were left contingent upon Palestinian progress in ending terrorism and bilateral negotiations over presumed land swaps.

Occupation: When it comes to Israel, the UN is obsessed with the word "occupation." A recent Wall Street Journal article documents 530 General Assembly references to Israel as an "occupying power" versus zero for Indonesia (East Timor), Turkey (Cyprus), Russia (Georgia, Crimea), Morocco (Western Sahara), Vietnam (Cambodia), Armenia (Azerbaijan), Pakistan (Kashmir), or China (Tibet). UNESCO's "Occupied Palestine" document uses the phrase "Israel, the occupying Power" thirteen times.

Most Palestinians in Judea and Samaria live under the governance of the Palestinian Authority. Referring to this territory as the "occupied West Bank," is an unnecessary concession to the UN narrative. Saying that Jews are "occupying" Judea is as nonsensical as saying Arabs are "occupying" Arabia or Gauls are "occupying" France. Nevertheless many media sources (Washington PostNew York Times) use this term reflexively. New-media sources often take it a step farther. Any Google search combining the words "occupation" and "Israel" leads to a "People Also Ask" drop-down offering the following: "At the heart of the Israel/Palestine conflict today lies the question of the Palestinian territories occupied by Israel since the war of 1967, which include the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem." Somehow Google missed the fact there have not been Israelis in Gaza since 2005.

Settlement: The term "settlement" evokes imagery of white European settlers encroaching on the ancestral territories of red, brown and black peoples, connoting the moral baggage of colonialism. The UN uses the term to insinuate Israeli theft of "Palestine." In truth, many of the "West Bank settlers" bemoaned by the UN are not pioneers from other lands but infants, new members of growing families in long-established Jewish neighborhoods.

The Obama administration eagerly embraced this terminology. On July 27, Obama State Department spokesman John Kirby issued a statement that reads as though it were written at the UN. The document, entitled "Recent Israeli Settlement Announcements," suggests that Obama's State Department has come around to the UN's way of thinking, especially in "strongly condemning" Israel for its "settlement activity" which it pronounces "corrosive to the cause of peace."

Now that South Carolina governor Nikki Haley has been chosen as the Trump administration's Ambassador to the UN, it will be up to her to challenge the UN's ahistorical, slanted Palestine thinking. If there is an occupying force in Gaza, it is Hamas. What Israelis call Judea and Samaria, and Palestinians call the West Bank, are "disputed territories" to anyone claiming a modicum of neutrality. As Elliot Abrams put it, "the term 'settlement' loses meaning when applied to Jews building homes in their nation's capital city."

A.J. Caschetta is a Shillman-Ginsburg fellow at the Middle East Forum and a senior lecturer at the Rochester Institute of Technology.
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Friday, December 2, 2016

SPLC/Leftist Lies as Truth


John R. Houk
© December 2, 2016

Do you know or realize that the American Left loves to group all Conservatives and Counterjihadists (as in telling the true nature of Islam) as racists, bigots, hate-speech inciters and so on grouping us with the extreme Right such as the KKK, Neo-Nazis, White Supremacists, Islamophobes (irrational fear of Muslims) and homophobes (irrational fear of homosexuals)?

The reality is these Left Wing race baiting accusations are the actual people using hate-speech to raise the rabble of clueless voters that have been brainwashed that the Dems and other Leftists are looking out for the best interest of the poor, the downtrodden African Americans, Hispanic Americans and other clueless Americans being molded into various other identities that are being convinced a Multicultural America is better than an America First with the many different peoples, religions and races as the many becoming ONE PEOPLE – E PLURIBUS UNUM.

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is one of these Leftist transformationist organizations that attack and label Conservatives and Counterjihadists as bigoted racists.

True to the SPLC agenda against Conservatives and Counterjihadists, the Left Wing hate group takes a swipe at Brigitte Gabriel and ACT for America. If you do read the SPLC article you will soon realize the true aim is more toward Donald Trump than to Brigitte Gabriel. The SPLC labels the ACT for America glee over Trump’s is because our President-Elect has been adding – according the SPLC - anti-Muslim bigots to his proposed Cabinet. The truth is these Trump appointee-nominees understand the dangers of the militant anti-Western hatred encoded in Islamic revered writings such as the Quran, Hadith, Sira and various later later commentaries attributed to people like Taqi al Din Ibn Taymiyya (or its various spellings) and the handbook on killing non-Muslims “The Reliance of the Traveller” (yup, the two Ls is how it’s spelled) became the framework for modern Salafists and Wahhabis that subscribe to terrorism as a pure Islam. Ibn Taymiyya and The Reliance are both products of the 1300s.

Here is the ACT for America email that wears the SPLC lies like a badge of courage:

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SPLC Terrified of ACT for America

Sent 12/1/16 9:20 AM
Sent by ACT for America

Wow! Do we have an article to share with you

Attached you will find the most recent hit piece, written about our organization by the anti-American zealots at the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

Although ridden with all the predictable and baseless clich├ęs about “Islamophobia,” this article spells out in no uncertain terms, why ACT for America is such a powerful force to be reckoned with.

Our direct line to the most powerful offices in our government has those who oppose our vision for a safer America trembling. As it should.

So, as you read this piece, remember this, the more powerful our grassroots team becomes, the bigger the target on our back will be.

Wear that target as a badge of honor, the way elite NFL quarterbacks like Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, and Drew Brees, take pride in being booed on the road by hometown crowds.

Few will jeer the mediocre player on an opposing team, for they do not fear his talent. But all will jeer the best player, because they know what he is capable of.

You’re with a winner in ACT for America.

We are so glad you are with us, as we continue our influence as America’s indisputable grassroots champion of national security.

Click here to read the SPLC hit piece.

For Freedom,
ACT for America
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© December 2, 2016
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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Religious Freedom in Elementary School


John R. Houk
© December 1, 2016

Just the other day I had a conversation with my 3rd grade grandson about his reading regimen. He was trying to squirm out of his daily reading by telling me he forgot to bring his book from school.

I told him to get a book from home. He tried to tell me we didn’t have any. I knew better. So I told him we many versions of the Bible to read.

He told me his teacher said he couldn’t read religious books.

I said, “Tough! Get a Bible. I’m going to have to talk to your Public School teacher about Religious Freedom in the First Amendment.”

My wife saved our grandson’s bacon by assigning something I can’t recall right now. BUT it really chapped my hide that a Public School teacher said reading the Bible was unacceptable.

It’s a good thing I didn’t fly-off the handle. I checked my email later in the day and had received an email from the 3rd grade teacher. Lo and behold – she was asking why I hadn’t been turning in my grandson’s reading record.

Oops, my bad I had not kept up with that. Reading the email further reading suggestions were included. Guess what. Religious literature was a part of the approved reading. Now the word “Bible” was not used specifically, but as far as I am concerned “religious” included the Bible.

I wish my grandson was as bright in doing homework as he is in slipping out of homework.

I was thinking about all this Religious Freedom vs. the mythical Separation of Church and State (See Also HERE and HERE)and I ran into the article I am cross posting below from United Families International about preserving Religious Freedom for our children or in our case grandchildren that we are raising.

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PRESERVING RELIGIOUS FREEDOM FOR OUR CHILDREN

By Diane Robertson
November 30, 2016

This week I received an email from Alliance Defending Freedom, a group of lawyers who defend religious freedom, that began thus:

“Dear Diane,

Do you ever wonder what the future will look like for your children and grandchildren?

We live in a world where religious freedom for future generations cannot be assumed. It must be fought for—every day.”

As I have studied the issues, written for UFI, discussed the issues with friends, family, and strangers, and written and spoken with lawmakers, I have often thought, “Have we so little compassion for the destinies of our own children that we can feel just about ignoring the destruction of the freedoms we have enjoyed?”

There are so many reasons people give to ignore the current erosion of religious freedom– we are too busy; losing our freedom is inevitable; religious freedom marginalizes people with other beliefs; religion itself is bigoted and old fashioned, and so on. The fight for religious freedom is not a friendly fight.

It’s true that those on the side of religious freedom are continually disparaged. They are told that their views are based on bigotry and hate for certain groups of people. It’s hard to stand up against such demeaning accusations. And it is certainly not true for most. Most people fighting for religious freedom do so because they believe that everyone should be allowed to live and work according to the dictates of their conscience. They believe in property rights, freedom of belief, and freedom of conscience. They oppose laws that limit the ability of people to live, work, and worship as they believe.

In the same email mentioned above, ADF reported that their:

“Clients are regular people who were going about their daily business—work, school, church—until they were confronted by a culture intolerant of their faith. A Christian printer faced a boycott and lawsuit because he politely declined to print t-shirts promoting the local ‘pride’ festival. A decorated firefighter was suspended because of a Christian book he wrote in his spare time. A college student was threatened with expulsion because of her Christian beliefs. A church was told that their house of worship is no longer sacred, but just another public accommodation.”

These are a few of the ways religious freedom is eroding in North America. It has hit some individuals hard. There are forces working to establish laws that would limit what churches can do in their buildings and even what religious leaders are allowed to preach. There are forces working to regulate private property as if it were public or government property.

To help our children and grandchildren enjoy the same freedoms we have enjoyed, we must study the issues, understand current events, and speak up. Losing our religious freedom is only as inevitable as we allow it to be. If enough people act, freedom can still be preserved for the generations to come.

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Religious Freedom in Elementary School
John R. Houk
© December 1, 2016
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PRESERVING RELIGIOUS FREEDOM FOR OUR CHILDREN

Strengthening and defending:

Family
Family is the foundational unit of society

Marriage
Marriage between a man and woman, is founded on chastity before marriage and fidelity in marriage

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Life is sacred and should be protected including the life of unborn children.

Parents
Parents have the right and obligation to love, protect, provide for and teach their children.

Religious Liberty

Religious Liberty emphasizes the right to live our lives according to our religious convictions, and the importance of religion to individuals and society.

Ohio State Terror Attacker a Somali Refugee

Brigitte Gabriel of ACT for America is on with Cavuto of Fox News talking about the Somali Islamic terrorist Abdul Razak Ali Artan who made an attempt torun over then stab Ohio State U students on 11/28/16.

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Posted by Brigitte Gabriel
Published on Nov 30, 2016
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Brigitte Gabriel

Brigitte Gabriel is the Founder and President of Act for America. Ms. Gabriel is one of the leading national security experts in the world -providing information and analysis on the rise of Islamic terrorism. Ms. Gabriel lectures nationally and internationally about national security and current affairs. Her expertise is sought after by world and business leaders.

Ms. Gabriel has addressed the United Nations, the Australian Prime Minister, members of the British Parliament/House of Commons, members of the United States Congress, the Pentagon, the Joint Forces Staff College, the U.S. Special Operations Command, the U.S. Asymmetric Warfare group, the FBI, and many others.

In addition, Ms. Gabriel is a regular guest analyst on Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, and various radio stations daily across America. She serves on the board of advisers of the Intelligence Summit.

Ms. Gabriel is the author of two New York Times Best Sellers, BECAUSE THEY HATE and THEY MUST BE STOPPED. Ms. Gabriel is named one of the top 50 most prominent speakers in America. She speaks Arabic, French, English and Hebrew.






Make Them Contagious


The author reveals the agenda behind ISIS and/or ISIS inspired attacks in Western nations using France as a starting point. Then the author encourages that knowing the enemy’s agenda is should inspire one to share the knowledge with other Westerners to awaken to the dangers of Islam.

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Make Them Contagious

Posted by Citizen Warrior
November 27, 2016
Email Alert Sent: 11/28/16 7:55 AM

A couple months ago at work, two guys were talking about ISIS and the truck attack in Nice, France. It was a perfect opportunity to inject some solid facts into two minds. I said, "Do you know why ISIS kills people in France? Do you know what they hope to achieve?"


The look on their faces was kind of funny. It was simultaneously a look of surprise that they actually didn't know, and curiosity.


I said, "They're following the work of an Islamic strategist who wrote a paper in 2005 called The Management of Savagery. The strategist pointed out that Islam can't just take over countries by force like they used to do in the old days. Non-Muslim countries would intervene and stop them."

I went on to explain the strategy: To produce enough random murders that people feel anxiety and don't trust their own government to protect them. The idea is to make people motivated to accept Islam is the ruling force just to find some kind of relief from the perpetual feeling of fear. I could tell this made something click in their heads. The strange phenomenon of random acts of horrific violence suddenly made sense, but it made sense in a way that awakened them to the determined scheming behind it. What they were witnessing in these violent acts was not just "extremists" with a grudge, but a much larger and longer-range plan than they had imagined. The immediate victims of the violence weren't the only victims. The strategy aims to make the whole country the victim.

I have the email address of one of those guys, so after work, when I got home, I shared An Inquiry Into Islam article with him (it explains more about Management of Savagery). He doesn't know I have anything to do that website (Inquiry Into Islam) or this one (Citizen Warrior), and doesn't know I wrote the article. The next day he said, "That was very interesting." I used this opportunity. I said, "This is a big deal. There are attacks all the time now. Everybody is aware of that. But if you asked a hundred people why they're doing it, I'll bet not one of them would know the answer. And we should all know at least that much."

In other words, I made it clear that he was now in possession of important information that everyone should know and that most people don't know. My intention was to motivate him to share it. And he did.

He shared it with another guy at work, and then sent him the same article. Then he shared the article on his Facebook page. When someone made a comment on his Facebook post arguing with the article, he came back to me and asked me what I thought of the comment. Since I'm a friend of his on Facebook, I answered the person's comment.

The reason I'm pointing this out is that I stumbled upon one good way to motivate people to share what they're learning with others. First I made him curious. Then I provided a very interesting and relevant piece of information. And then when he showed interest, I made him aware that he was in possession of important knowledge that his fellow citizens were unaware of, which motivated him to spread the word. I'll have to do that some more. I encourage you to try it too, and let us know how it goes.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Announcing Heritage’s New Research Institute: The Institute for Constitutional Government


Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) delves into the Heritage Foundations latest project highlighting the U.S. Constitution.

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Announcing Heritage’s New Research Institute: The Institute for Constitutional Government

November 29, 2016

The American people are excited about the changes coming to Washington after the 2016 election. For years, government decisions made by unaccountable bureaucrats or judges instead of the people themselves have fueled popular distrust, cynicism and disillusionment. Now, they’ve elected leaders who have promised to restore the balance of power and uphold the Constitution.

Changing course requires more than simply trying to enact policy reforms. It is also dependent on restoring the institutional foundation that makes human freedom possible in the first place. Unmoored from this foundation, the current trend towards ever-greater centralization of power in a vast administrative state under the nominal direction of the President will continue.

In an effort to help stop, and begin to reverse, this trend, The Heritage Foundation is establishing a new Institute for Constitutional Government. Its mission will be to educate members of Congress, their staff, the new Administration, and the American people on the importance of our founding institutions to preserving freedom.



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The American people are excited about the changes coming to Washington after the 2016 election. For years, government decisions made by unaccountable bureaucrats or judges instead of the people themselves have fueled popular distrust, cynicism and disillusionment. Now, they’ve elected leaders who have promised to restore the balance of power and uphold the Constitution.

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The Continuing Relevance of the Constitution


Most Conservatives (me included) voted for Trump primarily of the disaster a Crooked Hillary would present to the further depreciation of the U.S. Constitution corrupted incredibly by President Barack Hussein Obama. President-Elect Trump made a number of promises that I enjoyed hearing but kind of would like to see the proof of the promised pudding.

The Heritage Foundation is launching a back to the Constitution agenda which points to an article at the Daily Signal (a Heritage Foundation apparatus).

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The Continuing Relevance of the Constitution

November 28, 2016

Public policy is often exciting and urgent. When a war begins or ends, when votes are counted in an election, or when a major bill is passed, everyone senses the magnitude of the event.

Some struggles end and new struggles begin. Consequences carry far into the future. Compared to this, and especially given the way we think today, the Constitution seems like a boring subject.

But how do we know whether the public policies we adopt are good? How do we know whether the results of the election will be happy? How even do we know if the war we have fought was worth it?

Those questions cannot be answered except by reference to things that are outside the immediate excitement and even our immediate needs.

These larger and more enduring things cannot be understood without understanding what we are, how we should live, how best over the long term we can achieve a good life and be free. Somehow, urgent things have to be judged in light of ultimate things.

The profoundest example of this is in our famous Declaration of Independence. The people of America decided to form their own country. It was an act of rebellion. It would carry a death sentence for many if the revolution failed, and it did carry that sentence for many in the subsequent war.

How remarkable that in this urgent moment, they would base what they did upon the “laws of nature and of nature’s God.” They were looking upward toward the eternal as they began their battle. That is one of the essential reasons why they succeeded.

How can we remember to do this kind of thinking, when so many urgent things press upon us and when hundreds of millions of us participate?

The answer is given best of all in history by the Constitution of the United States, the partner of the declaration, prefigured in its middle passages.

The purpose of the Constitution is to ground the government in the people’s authority. It is also to make both we and our government thoughtful. “It is our reason alone,” writes James Madison, “that must be placed in control of the government. Our passions must be controlled by it.”

Under the Constitution, it takes time to do big things: We must think before we act. The Constitution divides power across the land and between levels and branches of government; the people and the parts of the government must cooperate if anything is to be done.

To get a majority, they must give reasons—out loud and in front of millions. This encourages candor and discourages the rankest forms of partisanship.

Yes, it is still partisan, but at our best moments we are better than anywhere else. Moreover, the Constitution limits what we can do to each other, teaching us self-restraint and independence.

In recent decades, our country has suffered public policy disasters. We have fought many wars without decisive victory. We have spent many trillions without removing the problems they were designed to remove. We have become a great debtor nation with fewer reserves, even if our reserves are still great.

These facts are connected to the compromising of our constitutional practices. We have changed the way we make laws. The government is less accountable, and the laws are more numerous and impossible to understand.

We have made government more centralized, and so its proper central functions—especially defense—are starved for resources.

As the government gets bigger, the people get smaller. They are regulated in their private lives, obstructed when they strive, subsidized in many cases into failure. This is just what the Constitution was designed to prevent.

No institution has done more to describe and promote public policy from the conservative point of view than The Heritage Foundation. It was born decades ago for specifically this purpose. It has always had an interest in the Constitution.

Now, it is bringing together all of its efforts relating to that great document into the Institute for Constitutional Government, launching Nov. 29, to achieve better focus. As a friend of the Constitution and of Heritage, I am proud of this.

It can only be good. Our freedom is at stake. We will not save it without restoring our Constitution.

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Larry Arnn is the president of Hillsdale College and a professor of politics and history, teaching courses on Aristotle, on Winston Churchill, and on the American Constitution. He is also a trustee at The Heritage Foundation.

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