Byron White: Roe Decision an Exercise of Raw Judicial Power

On the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, read about how Byron White stood against the landmark decision.

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In reviewing the life of former Supreme Court Justice Byron White, there is a grave injustice in understating what this ‘man for all seasons’ accomplished. As a high school senior, he graduated at the top of his class in Wellington, CO, not far from Ft. Collins. He also secured a nice scholarship to play football at the top college in the state, the University of Colorado in Boulder.

This young man would graduate at the top of his class in Boulder, while also accepting a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford University. But not before receiving the highest salary in the history of the NFL at that time. Then, to top it off, he would become the first rookie to lead the league in any category.  One of the greatest of that era, scholastically and athletically. Yeah, Byron White. What? Never heard of him? Ahhh…well, you would not be…

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Trump Movement has Morphed Into Something Bigger Than the Man

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On a warm and muggy morning in Mid-June of 2016, I laid down a moratorium in my house. It is a rare day that I had to resort to creating a rule in our home, as I’ve always been the diplomatic type. If my wife makes a rule, well, we just follow along if we know what’s good for us! For me to do so means that nothing else is working to stop the behavior from continuing. What was the offense you ask? It was the sheer utterance of the name “Trump” that had to stop!

Presidential candidate Donald J. Trump was still far from becoming the president. But he had managed to do something that few had ever achieved, not only in political circles, but marketing, business, science, athletics… and even movies. He managed to get his name on the tip of every tongue in America. And everyone had an opinion about him. He brought out every possible human emotion. That was victory all by itself!

The Trump brand was stronger than ever; but not necessarily in a good way. If he was just selling sneakers, then yes. But running for President? Let’s face it, he wasn’t even liked by his own party for the first half of the year. His bombastic statements and sometimes abrasive persona rubbed many the wrong way. And that was just his choice of words, and whom those words were directed towards. Then there was the matter of his position on the issues.

But even though I was indifferent towards candidate Trump, the moratorium was not merely about his behavior. I just got exhausted over every conversation being about him!

But if we look back on all the events between now and then, we find a phenomena that has moved far beyond the person that started the movement known as MAGA. And, if it is possible, the name “Trump” has caused an even greater polarization than those pre-election days. He has done so by delivering on many of the promises he set out to accomplish. And in doing so, he has exposed this enormous gulf of desperation from his opponents. These enemies of Trump have crossed a border that has gone beyond an attack on the president. It is attack on the American way of life that made us great long before Trump.

This attack on decency, morals, ethics, and human life has raised the stakes higher than any point I’ve witnessed in America. And in doing so, these dangerous opponents have created the Trump Movement. This is no longer MAGA. It is a movement in which even past opponents of Trump have got on board. And that is because the purpose of this movement has gone beyond the symbolism of a red ball cap and the nationalist candidate that the MAGA movement was based upon.

The Trump Movement is something more. It says that ‘we will not allow you to overthrow our country for the purpose of regaining power, in order to Redefine America in your image’. We saw what the Obama Administration did. They had ushered in a new definition of America that had undermined all of the institutions that made America the greatest nation on earth.

And when that group of people got caught with their pants down when they attempted to hijack our government and the presidential election of 2016, they had shown their hand. They have taken the gloves off. And now we see what they are made of: we saw it with actions at The Red Hen and what their leaders had to say about that, we saw it during the Kavanaugh Hearings, and how their leaders sunk to new lows of unscrupulous behavior, and we saw it with the call for disruption and harm towards anyone that opposes them.

These Alinsky-style tactics of it’s opponents are what is driving the Trump Movement. Now, when someone utters the name of Trump, I’m proud to identify with him. It’s what the Trump name now represents in our country. It represents staying the course that the Founders set for us. It represents protecting our constitution. It represents a government that is not the oppressor of the common man. It represents the traditions that make us proud to be Americans.

The opponents of the Trump Movement can say all the nasty things they want about us or our president. But when the results of this next wave of voting are in, they will only have themselves to blame. They will be responsible for causing a red wave that they had hoped to avoid. And it’s possible this tide will never recede.

(Chris Gaines is an author and Editor-In-Chief for Patriot Gaines. He resides in the Cedar Valley of Northern Iowa with his wife, Jennifer, and two kids, Patrick & Megan.)

photo sources: Time, Politico, Washington Examiner, USA Today

Dr. Mildred Fay Jefferson: Pioneer & Defender of Life

As the kids return to school, it brings to mind the need to share parts of our history that the schools choose to ignore. I would like to share about an American treasure from our glorious history. Her name is Dr. Mildred Fay Jefferson.

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When Millard and Guthrie Jefferson decided to have their one and only child, they must have hoped, like all new parents, that many opportunities lie ahead for him or her. As part of the exclusive fraternity of parents, a universal hope is that you can provide more for your child than you had for yourself. Along with this, you hope to leave them with a better world than you had when you first entered.

But the chance to achieve greatness, or even minimal prosperity, must have seemed slim. This was East Texas, circa 1926. A young, black couple in the Jim Crow South about to give birth to a baby girl. But Millard, a Methodist minister, and Guthrie, a school teacher, did not bank their lives on chance, but faith. Black families in these parts were centered around traditional values. And despite the challenges, many black families stressed the…

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Why is Patriotism Important Everywhere But Here?

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Every four years, people from every end of the globe flock to their smart TV’s, pubs, friends house, or attend a watch party for the sports phenomena known as FIFA World Cup. It is estimated that over 3.2 billion people watched the 2014 edition of the sport known as football everywhere but the U.S. (we call it soccer).

So why is the World Cup so popular?

“Football is universal language that we speak with different accents,” says Tim Vickery, a soccer journalist based in Rio. “The biggest patriotic act people engage in is cheering on their team during the World Cup…It reaches them at a profound level because it is their country and the people being represented in the eyes of the rest of the world.”

National pride. Something everyone has felt when watching the World Cup. But the irony to this is at a time in which patriotism has hit an all-time low in America, many in this country love to watch the World Cup because of the – wait for it – patriotism, as expressed by each nation represented. Here is the other irony: for the first time in more than three decades, the U.S. will not be competing in the World Cup. Coincidence? I suppose, though I’m not one to believe in coincidences any more than I believe in the tooth fairy.

At the very least, our absence from this worldwide event is a symbol of the lack of pride or patriotism that our country expresses on the whole. So why would a country that lacks the desire to show patriotism be so interested in a sport that exudes it? Maybe that’s the wrong question. Let’s try this…Why is patriotism important everywhere else but here?

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Germany hosted the 2006 World Cup. This year brought out a deeper national pride that had not been seen for sometime, according to the fans. Many more Germans were flying the flag than had been seen in decades past. “Why shouldn’t we fly our flag? Everyone else does it,” says young fan Stephanie Bele. “I know a lot bad things have happened in Germany in the past. But that was another time.” The German National team did not win the World Cup that year. But they made it to the semi-finals and finished 3rd after defeating Portugal 3-1 in the Third Place Match. Many reports showed a renewed sense of pride from German citizens, reflected in a popular chant expressing this new found patriotism…”Steht auf, wenn ihr Deutsche seid”, which means, “Stand up if you’re German”.

While Germans prefer standing up, America has been divided over the phenomena of kneeling. When NFL players began protesting our national anthem by taking a knee rather than standing, as has been the custom, it exposed a growing divide in our country that has left many pondering even the most fundamental elements of our patriotism. With our nation steeped in a political and cultural battle that has not been seen in nearly fifty years, it causes me to pause over where our patriotism has gone.

Patriotism seems to be caught in the middle of a long tug-of-war between what America has been and what many want it to become. The question I ask is why must we punish the many souls of our past that defended our great, but recently wounded nation for the identity crisis which plagues us? The brave men and women that fought to keep our nation free are the ones in which we dishonor by stepping on the flag, sitting for the Pledge of Allegiance, or not standing when the anthem plays.

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We can have our disagreements without being disrespectful. We can protest without dishonoring our veterans from past or present. And we can keep discourse going without causing bodily harm or violence towards one another.

So, remember when you watch the World Cup matches…think about why this country matters to you. Think about your fellow citizens and what they mean to you. Think about those who fought bravely to defend your right to hold your beliefs, and not be persecuted for having them. Think about why so many of those people from the countries represented in the World Cup want to come to America. And maybe you will rediscover why patriotism is important in America, as well.

(Chris Gaines is an author and Editor-In-Chief for Patriot Gaines. He resides in the Cedar Valley of Northern Iowa with his wife, Jennifer, and two kids, Patrick & Megan.)

Photo Sources: TheLocal.de, The Estate Office Shoreditch, and Google Images

The Color of Love: Chick-fil-A Woos Fans with Kindness…and Chicken

The Color of Love: Chick-fil-A Woos Fans with Kindness…and Chicken

(This is a re-post from December 2017. Under the theme of “Faith, Hope, Love”, we featured the story of Chick-fil-A as part of our campaign to “turn off the news and read a positive story about Faith, Hope, and Love”, based on the scripture in 1 Corinthians 13:13, as part of our coverage of the Christmas season and the reason that we celebrate it. Patriot Gaines is co-sponsoring a Middle School Writing Contest, along with the Waterloo, Iowa Chick-fil-A. The purpose of this event is to encourage kids to develop their skills in the art of written word. It is also a way for them to share how they are making their community a better place, which is the theme of their paper.)
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