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A Word in Praise of My Dad, Irven Christensen

My father was a humble man who always provided for his family, but placed far more emphasis upon instilling virtue, values and example in the hearts and minds of his children and others rather than a dependence upon money. He strived to help me understand my relationship to God and man, to set my priorities in order, and to analyze, evaluate with adequate foresight, and finally to prayerfully look to a Higher Source to aid in problem solving. He blessed me with adequate health, mental stability, and wisdom to make sensible decisions. I learned to set and achieve short and long-range goals for my personal good as well as for the good of my family. As a boy, I knew I had an important work to do. I had no fear of hard manual labor and sincerely wanted to be out with the men hoeing beets, driving trucks, bucking hay, harvesting spuds, etc. I was so ambitious and enthusiastic that my parents always cautioned me to look ahead, slow down, and be careful. I still have this enthusiasm for a meaningful life today. While I maintain this zest for life and progress, I believe I can also provide America with the desperately needed wisdom and a spirit of discernment to lead the United States at this most critical...

I will make this pledge of allegiance every day of this campaign and every day that I serve you as President

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My Pledge

I pledge to uphold the Constitution and to preserve this great republic. I pledge to do everything I can to resolve the great challenges we face and to strengthen our people, our economy and the rule of law. So that everyone may know, “I pledge allegiance to the Constitution of the United States of America, and to the flag, and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” I will make this pledge of allegiance every day of this campaign and every day that I serve you as...

We are now at a critical crossroad in our nation. The nation must choose which path to take.

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A Critical Crossroad

For many recent decades, our country has been stumbling in an effort to discipline itself to act within constitutional limits. We have been approaching this perilous place for some time now. We are now at a critical crossroad in our nation. The nation must choose which path to take. We the people are again divided. We are not divided by loyalty to a foreign crown or to a specific state. We are not divided over slavery or voting rights. Instead, we are divided over ideologies addressing the increasing role, size, and influence of the federal government. We are divided between depending on God or rejecting Him and depending on people alone. This election, the leader chosen by the American people will greatly influence the country’s ability to resolve these divisions, unite the factions, and move the country forward, beyond partisan politics and on to growing its prosperity. The same old approach will only lead us to the same old results–division and...

If we are not willing to do the heavy lifting, we deserve what we get.

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Politics – Are We Getting What We Deserve?

How many times have we thought or heard someone else say: “Politics is a dirty and nasty business. I don’t want any part of it.” “I don’t want to put my family through that mess.” “I’m not going to waste my time to vote because one vote doesn’t count or make any difference.” Or, “All politicians are crooks, and I won’t vote for any of them.” Do we realize that these are the thoughts and attitudes that allow bullies and tyrants to gain power and dominance? If we want to maintain freedom, we have to work and fight for it. If we are not willing to do the heavy lifting, we deserve what we get. (Ths post is an exerpt from Patriot’s Path, a book by Dale Christensen, avialable in the store on this...

We can and we must remain one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

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Remember that God Governs

Our Founding Fathers were so divided during the Constitutional Convention that Benjamin Franklin reminded them that they needed to turn to God for help. It was at the critical moment of success or failure. Franklin said, “God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid?”  Recorded by James Madison, July 1787 We too must now turn to Him for aid. We must acknowledge Him and our dependence on Him if we are to continue to prosper and to have peace. We can and we must remain one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. (The post, above, is an excrpt from Patriot’s Path, available in the store on this...

I ask you to become intimately acquainted with the Constitution of the United States of America.

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My Invitation, My Plea, My Promise

My fellow Americans, I ask you to become intimately acquainted with the Constitution of the United States of America. I ask you to reach out to your friends and family and talk about what you learn and invite them to also read, study and understand this great and divine document. I invite everyone who will accept my invitation and challenge to pray for guidance to understand and apply the principles of this document. I promise that if you do this, you will experience a dramatic change in your perception of truth and reality. Your mind will be filled with hope and thoughts of gratitude for the Founding Fathers and many other Patriots. You will feel a swelling feeling of love and patriotism in your heart. You will feel the same feelings that they felt, and you will have the same hope they held. You will desire to share with others what you discover. (The preceding is an excerpt from Patriot’s Path, which is available on this site’s...

Now is the time to bring about the mighty cultural shift that is needed. Now is the time to stand and be counted.

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We Must Change Course or Face Consequences

If we citizens of the United States do not awaken and realize the gravity of our situation, there will be disastrous consequences to pay. These consequences will include increased government control and inevitable tyranny. Personal rights will be further infringed upon and liberty will be eroded. More people will look to the government to provide for their needs. More taxes will be needed for more government programs. More and more of the people’s income will go to support these government programs. This is not our destiny. This does not have to be our future, but it will be if we do not change the course of history today. Now is your moment to make a difference on the stage of history. Now is the time to bring about the mighty cultural shift that is needed. Now is the time to stand and be counted. The future depends upon you. I am ready, willing and able to help you, to serve you, and to lead you. Thank you for your confidence and prayers. Together we can do it! (The preceding is an excerpt from Patriot’s Path, available in the store on this...

The key to American prosperity is to implement lower taxes, limited government, and sound money based on a commodity standard.

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The U.S. Economy

In order to end the economic crisis of inflation, budget deficits, bailouts, and declining dollar value, we need to: Balance the budget; Lower or eliminate the debt ceiling; Audit or reform the Federal Reserve; Legalize sound money by returning to a commodity standard; Become energy independent (see Energy below) Replace income tax with a 10 percent flat tax for a number of years; Support small business development and growth. The key to American prosperity is to implement lower taxes, limited government, and sound money based on a commodity standard. We will thrive again when we all work together to reform taxes, spending, monetary policy and domestic relations. Tax reform should include incentives to invest and grow companies and create jobs. Individuals and companies should be motivated to save money and purchase homes. Death and inheritance taxes and other such double taxation should be eliminated. Spending reform should include freezing non-defense and non-entitlement spending and reducing overseas military commitments while building up weapons, bases, and troops on our own soil. Monetary policy reform should include televised open market committee meetings of the Federal Reserve. All Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve should continue to make weekly information reports. Bring jobs back to the United States by supporting innovation, production and small business development. All costly and unnecessary regulations should be identified, evaluated and removed. States and municipalities should monitor, regulate and help their own citizens and businesses. Individuals and businesses need access to credit and capital through community banks, credit unions and other financial institutions to foster economic growth, serve their communities, boost small businesses and increase individual savings....

There is nothing wrong with being pro-environment and pro-development.

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Thinking about Energy

Everyone will benefit if we promote free-market solutions to our nation’s energy needs instead of allowing government regulations, subsidies and taxation to control domestic production. Heavy tariffs should be imposed on foreign oil imports. The answer to our energy independence is to purchase and/or produce domestic alternative fuel/energy technologies. Restrictions on domestic and off-shore drilling and use of coal and nuclear power should be focused on safety and environmental protection, not on volume of production. There is nothing wrong with being pro-environment and pro-development. We need energy independence and growth! Energy independence is the future. Energy touches every aspect of our lives. It lubricates the gears of our economy. Our prosperity has been driven by steady, abundant, affordable energy supplies. There are many more yet to be developed....

The Roe v. Wade ruling is not supported by the text or constitutional principles and should be overturned.

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Abortion

Human life is sacred. I oppose elective abortion for personal or social convenience. I oppose government funding of abortion. Some very exceptional circumstances may justify an abortion, but should only be considered after seeking professional medical advice. If a child is conceived out of wedlock and marriage is unlikely, I recommend adoption. There are millions of families and individuals wanting to adopt a child. The waiting list for potential parents is long. The Declaration of Independence states one of the primary purposes of government is to protect life. The U.S. Constitution contains no right to take the life of unborn children. The U.S. Supreme Court lacks Constitutional jurisdiction. Congress has failed to declare this under Article III, Section 2, Clause 2 which states, “In all the other Cases before mentioned, the Supreme Court shall have appellate Jurisdiction, both as to Law and Fact, with such Exceptions, and under such Regulations as the Congress shall make.” The Roe v. Wade ruling is not supported by the text or constitutional principles and should be overturned. Arguments for abortion are flawed. At its core, elective abortion is fundamentally evil and is an assault on the sanctity of innocent human life. The original Hippocratic Oath forbade abortion. Destroying a human fetus is destroying a human being. Abortion causes spiritual, emotional and psychological damage in the lives of all participants. It is unconstitutional to use federal money for...

The intent of the First Amendment was to protect citizens from being bullied or coerced by the government or others.

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Amendment I – Freedom of Religion and Speech

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. The Founding Fathers deliberately provided two fundamental guarantees for freedom of religion and speech. We cannot speak of one without the other. We can worship God and allow others to worship how, where, or what they may—or not worship at all. We should speak our minds and allow others to do the same without ridicule or intimidation. I believe religious speech has priority over all other types of speech because it is fundamental to the free exercise of religion. Religious worship cannot be marginalized to the point of censorship or condemnation, or be selectively labeled as off -limits in public discussion or lawmaking. There is a wall of separation between church and state. This wall prevents the government from imposing a national religion on citizens. The government cannot forbid the practice of any religion. It does not prevent religion from influencing the government or being in the public arena. Laws can and should be based on moral principles. Public debate must include religious opinion as well as public reason. One should not, and cannot, exclude the other from policy debates or lawmaking. Religion is both a private matter and a public matter protected by the First Amendment. The framers of the Constitution never intended public reason to crowd out religion. Belief in God and religious worship is the very basis for legal and policy...

We can pray publicly and in private. Fellow Americans, do we think we can rise, grow stronger, and prosper without His help?” 

– Benjamin Franklin

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Our Need for the Help of Providence

We have many challenges to deal with. We have many problems to solve. The answer is not in how I will do it. The answer is in how we will do it. Together we can do it. We can take courage in the words of others who placed their trust in divine providence. “God knows how we desperately need His guidance and wants to bless us. Whether we are humble or arrogant, rich or poor, free or enslaved, learned or ignorant, loved or forsaken – we can address Him. We need no appointment. He will answer our prayers. We can pray publicly and in private. Fellow Americans, do we think we can rise, grow stronger, and prosper without His help?”  – Benjamin Franklin “Except the Lord build the House they labor in vain that build it.” – Psalms 127:1 In his first inaugural address, George Washington declared: “No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the invisible hand, which conducts the affairs of men, more than the People of the United States. Every step . . . seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency.” Abraham Lincoln witnessed that, “I have felt God’s hand upon me in great trials and submitted to His guidance, and I trust that as He shall further open the way I will be ready to walk therein, relying on His help and trusting in His . . ....