Loving my Friend and Brother, Richard Bennett

There is a verse in Proverbs that states: “A friend loves at all times and a brother is born for adversity.” This last Saturday I woke up to a headline that startled and saddened me greatly.  My friend, Richard Bennett, had been arrested by the police. As I read the news report, the first words out of my mouth and that of my wife's were “Oh No! This cannot be!” You see, I have personally known Richard for several years, not just as another acquaintance but rather as a close friend Read more [...]

Liberty Lives in Cliven & Carol Bundy

As Americans we speak frequently of Liberty.  In fact, since the founding of our nation, Liberty has been a part of the DNA of patriots who demonstrated this unalienable right, one for which many have sacrificed their lives, fortunes and sacred honor. Last week I had the honor of visiting Cliven and Carol Bundy, a couple that not only stand for Liberty but in standing they live and exhibit Liberty.  I was privileged to meet them at the Bundy Ranch in Riverside, Nevada below the Virgin Mountain Read more [...]

Radical Homosexuals, SunTrust Bank & the Benham Brothers

This week SunTrust Bank notified David and Jason Benham that the bank was severing business ties with the brothers following the recent protest by radical homosexual fascists over the brothers' support of marriage...  as in the union of one man and one woman for life.  Following an uproar from customers though, SunTrust announced it was reversing its decision. Recall that just a few days ago the Benham brothers were “punished” by HGTV for having the audacity to believe in marriage as between Read more [...]

Sabrena Turner: A Leader Of the People, For the People

Each of us no doubt remembers that most famous address by President Abraham Lincoln in which he voiced these timeless words: "...government of the people, by the people, [and] for the people..."  While they were offered in a period of national upheaval and at an extremely somber moment, they have become words which are both inspiring and unique to the American experience. Many, challenged by the truths of Lincoln's text, have sought to take hold of and engage in that government, some pursuing Read more [...]

When Democracy Fails

It's hip these days to extol the benefits of democracies and their superiority over other forms of government. In fact, since 9/11 over 6,000 of our service men and women have died as our nation's leaders have sought to export democracy to hostile parts of the world. To be fair, in most instances a democracy truly is superior to other forms of government. However, there is an ugly side to a democracy, or the rule of the majority, and we can see that ugliness on full display throughout the ages. Read more [...]

Responsive Representative Government after Commissioners Ticketed for Vote

This week Hamilton County residents were offered a shining example of the power of the people, the humility of servant leaders on the Hamilton County Commission, and how our representative form of government is meant to function. The issue? On Wednesday a proposal came before the Hamilton County Commission to provide Sheriff Jim Hammond and his department with a laser camera system that would have enabled his officers to identify a speeding car, document the incident from inside their patrol Read more [...]

Raising Debt Ceiling: No Act of Courage

This week moderate Senate Republicans once again rolled over and acquiesced to another dramatic increase in our federal debt ceiling, hastening our nation's appointment with the day or reckoning.  Below is my response to my Senator, Bob Corker. Senator Corker: Once again I was very disappointed in Republican Senators to so willingly acquiesce to raising the debt ceiling this week.  While the clique of moderate Republicans may totally disdain Senator Cruz and the principles that he holds to Read more [...]

Obama’s “I’ve got a pen and I can use it…” signals a coming Rebellion

Over the last five years during Barack Obama's reign as President, it has become routine for Obama to uphold those laws he personally affirms and reject those he detests. However, this week Obama elevated his own rhetoric and threatened to continue the lawlessness of his administration when he demanded that Congress either move forward with his legislative agenda or he would arrogantly move forward without them.  In stating "I have a pen… and I can use it" Obama affirmed he will (ab)use Read more [...]

A Nation Lost

"Now more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature.... If the next centennial does not find us a great nation ... it will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of Read more [...]

No Equality in Chattanooga’s Sex Ordinance

One of the primary messages that is repeated over and over by Councilman Chris Anderson, Mayor Berke and their supporters is that their "Benefits & Equity Ordinance" is all about equality.  Sounds all fair and good on the surface.  But if one takes just a minute to read the Summary of the Ordinance provided by Mr. Anderson and the Office of the City Attorney, which has also been fully embraced by the Mayor, it's abundantly clear that they never had any intentions of being fair or seeking equity. I Read more [...]