“Well, Doctor, what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?”
Benjamin Franklin: “A Republic, if you can keep it.” (1787)
In this land’s law, the Constitution is
Supreme, the highest law, authority
To which state courts and constitutions are
Subordinate, north, south, and sea to sea.
When We the People formed this government,
We emphasized the people’s right to rule,
Not Kings and Queens, with ways we could amend
The Constitution, the foundation, tool
In People’s hands not to be lightly changed,
A tool requiring constant vigilance
To keep the Union and establish Justice,
Keep peace at home, provide for our defense,
Promote the common Welfare, and secure
Liberty’s Blessings to ourselves and our
Posterity; and as no man is pure,
We formed three branches to check and balance power.
Stand for free speech, free press, the right to teach
Your child of lovingkindness and God’s kingdom;
The right to use your guns, so Tyranny
Won’t march you to a grave as a naked thing.
The power structure can’t infringe on rights
Of people to petition Government
To redress grievances, or to assemble
Peaceably to declare their discontent.
You can’t be forced to house a soldier, or,
If you are jailed, to pay excessive bail,
Or to relinquish worship of the Lord,
Or to lose work because you read in Braille.
Don’t let the government inside your home
Unless police have warrants in their hands;
You need not testify against your own
Self; Government must pay to take your lands.
You have the right to have a lawyer plea
Your case, protect your rights, and keep you free;
You have the rights to jury trial and
To counsel even if you can’t pay fees.
The warden cannot punish you with cruel,
Strange punishment–you’re not his chump or fool,
And you retain your right to worship God
And freely speak, within a prison’s rules.
The Feds must honor rights of fifty States
To legislate for citizens as they
Deem best, and people and the States retain
More rights than what the Bill of Rights contains.
The Government must honor equal rights
And Law’s due process for the citizens,
And courts interpret laws with oversight,
Enforcing rights of women, children, and men.
Keep this Republic, which is based upon
The Holy Bible and the Constitution,
And disregard connivers, cranks and cons
Who peddle hollow claims of new solutions.
The Founders knew about deceitful hearts,
How men and women mean well but go wrong,
And they relied on people to give thanks,
Seek wisdom, and obey the Lord, who’s strong.
Pledge of Allegiance
I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
Do Not Be Scared
Do not be scared;
I am the LORD;
I am your shield,
Your great reward.
1 David talked with each of his officers,
Commanders of the thousands and commanders
Of hundreds, 2 then he told the whole assembly
Of Israel, “If it seems good to you
And if the LORD our God so wills, let’s send
Word far and wide out to the rest of our
Own people in the territories of
Israel, and to priests and Levites who
Are with them in their towns and pasturelands,
To come and join us. 3 Let us bring the ark
Of our God back to us, for we did not
Inquire of it while Saul was king.” 4 The whole
Assembly gave their blessing to this, for
It seemed correct to all the people, 5 so
David assembled Israel, and brought
Them from the Shihor River out in Egypt
To Lebo Hamath, all to bring the ark
Of God from Kiriath Jearim. 6 David
And Israel went to Baalah of
Judah (or, Kiriath Jearim) to
Bring up from there the ark of God the LORD,
Who is enthroned between the cherubim—
The ark that is called by the Name. 7 They moved
The ark of God out of Abinadab’s
House on a new cart, Uzzah and Ahio
Guiding it. 8 David and the Israelites
Were celebrating mightily before
The Lord with songs, with harps, lyres, timbrels, cymbals
And trumpets. 9 When they reached the threshing floor
Of Kidon, Uzzah reached his hand out to
Steady the ark, because the oxen stumbled.
God’s anger burned at Uzzah, 10 and God struck
Him down because he’d put his hand upon
The ark, so he died there before the LORD.
11 David became irate because God’s wrath
Had broken out at Uzzah. To this day
That place is called Perez Uzzah. 12 Now David
Was scared of God that day and asked, “How can
I ever bring the ark of God to me?”
13 He did not take the ark to be with him
In David’s City, but instead, he took
It to the house of Obed-Edom, who’s
A Gittite, 14 and the ark of God stayed with
The family of Obed-Edom in
His house for three months, and God blessed his whole
Household and each possession that he owned.