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More Maine GOP Platform:

  1. To Establish Justice:
    1. Restore “Constitutional law” as the basis for the Judiciary.
    2. Reassert the principle that “Freedom of Religion” does not mean “freedom from religion”.
    3. To Insure Domestic tranquility:
      1. Promote family values.

                                          i.   Marriage is an institution between a man and a woman.

                                        ii.   Parents, not government, are responsible for making decisions in the best interest of their children, whether disciplinary, educational, or medical.

                                       iii.   We recognize the sanctity of life, which includes the unborn.

Judges should follow the law not rewrite it.  There is way too much rewriting.  It was not tea partiers or Ron Paul that took away the right to pray at football games or graduations or try to remove “Under God” from the Pledge.  Thank God that the Texas Board of Education is moving in the right direction in restoring some discussion of the influence of religion on the origins of the American Republic.

Even President Obama publicly agrees that marriage is for one man and one woman.  Redefining marriage is a good way to bring about family and moral chaos.  There was one prior time some tried to redefine marriage; the people said no to polygamy on MORAL grounds.  About that time (1893) the Supreme Court stated in the Holy Trinity Church v. United States that we are a “Christian nation”.  That does not mean we do not have religious liberty.  That is one of our blessings to the world.  However, few have read the Holy Trinity Church case.  The Court added a gloss to the immigration statute in effect at that time that the church (a Episcopal church who sought a rector from Great Britain) technically violated.  The Court held the law has a gloss that permitted this act because it was in keeping with the spirit of the law.  The Court cited many examples of the religious character of the US in its law and history.  I recommend it for people’s reading.   

Those who are opposed to MORALITY in law should ask themselves this:  What if we were not a moral nation?  Would we have responded to the moral, Biblical appeal of Dr. King and his followers?  Praise God we were still a moral nation.  People prayed in schools and even read the Bible there.  Guess what:  Few if any metal detectors were needed in the public schools.   Dr. King helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.  (emphasis added)  Wonder why he called it that…

Parents should be the primary source of guidance to children, UN bureaucrats and government know-it-alls notwithstanding.  Nothing radical here.

I recognize that people disagree on abortion.  I am conflicted as well.  Either we protect unborn life or we subject pregnant women to government scrutiny much like parents are scrutinized by social services.  I see both sides.  But, this is well within the mainstream of conservative thought.

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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