Constitution Post: Organizing The Militia

“The Congress shall have power to…provide for organizing, arming and disciplining the militia, and for governing such part of them as may be employed in the service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the appointment of officers, and the authority of training the militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress…” Article 1, Section 8, Clause 16 of the Constitution.

The militia, as defined in one of our last Constitution posts, was “a body of citizens organized for military service.”  Many of the framers of the Constitution were troubled at the thought of a standing army in times of peace, fearing that a standing army would become too powerful.  The militia on the other hand, comprised of ordinary citizens, was to be our nation’s only defense against foreign and domestic powers.  As Patrick Henry stated in the Virginia ratifying convention, “the militia is our ultimate safety.  We can have no security without it.”  In the founding era, without the militia we would have had no military establishment.

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Lessons From the Past – Endurance, Part 1

The following is the amazing story of brave men that made an amazing voyage, which was said to have been “the last great journey during the heroic age of discovery.”

“Men wanted for hazardous journey.  Low wages, bitter cold, long hours of complete darkness.  Safe return doubtful.  Honor and recognition in event of success.”

The above ad was placed by Sir Earnest Shackleton, an Irish-born veteran explorer, when preparing to start on his journey to be the first to cross the Antarctic via the South Pole.  While you may be thinking that this ad would have dissuaded men from applying for a position, it actually had the opposite effect.  Shackleton was inundated with over 5,000 men, boys, and even three girls who wanted to be a part of the expedition.  After conducting numerous interviews, which are said to have taken no more than five minutes a piece, Shackleton chose twenty-six men to make up his crew.  Shackleton’s method for choosing the men to accompany him was rather unusual, if he liked the looks of a man he was accepted, if he didn’t like the looks of a man he was not.  It is said that Shackleton was rarely wrong when judging a man’s character.

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America’s Christian Heritage – The Purpose Of Early National Education

“To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace in society.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Attending school three hundred years ago, a young student would have listened to a passage read directly from the Bible, bowed his head in prayer with the rest of his classmates when led to, and afterwards open his McGuffey reader (heavily laced with Biblical references) to the appropriate page.

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NGV Friday: State of the Union – Where Do We Stand?

By Nathan Smith and Christopher Goodrich

The 2018 State of the Union address has undoubtedly summed up the presidency of Donald Trump.  Not only was it the longest one in recent memory, it was probably the boldest and most memorable in recent memory; surely for decades.

Trump promised to deliver a unifying message.  Whether it was for the rich or poor, black or white, citizen or non-citizen, he exulted some of America’s core values and principles in this address.  Whether you are a supporter or a critic, there was something for you in this speech, and this worked undoubtedly in his favor.

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