Welcome to the Citizens’ Reading Room. Here you will find articles and stories written by authors in everyday walks of life like yourselves. There are no categories in particular, just a collection of interesting inspirational titles to choose from. Enjoy the random history notes above each time you visit or load this page. Check back often as we will always be adding new selections:
Less Federal Control over Local Responsiblities
by Anne Marie Absher
As a woman, a wife, a mother, a sister, a daughter, a friend and a proud American, nearing the tender age of 41; Step Up! Take back our responsibilities . . . Get the Federal Government out of my day to day life . . . Stop paying people in political offices UN-GODLY amounts of money to make decisions about the lives and wellbeing of people and places for which they personally have no knowledge about and therefore not a care of the out-comes for those people. Please, America, take back our personal responsibilities.
by Bill Nees
A Manual for Citizens of the United States of America.
The Office of U.S. President
Office U.S. President, Head of a Nation, The Duties, Powers and Responsibilities of the Leader of a Free World. When the framers of the Constitution considered an executive branch, they were still stinging from the despotic rule of King George III. Ultimately, the framers saw the need for a single person to head an executive branch with enough authority to be quickly responsive to crises. How did this office become so powerful? How has it changed over time? Now we'll get to the nuts and bolts of how the U.S. presidency works and its evolution from the head of a nation to arguably the leader of the free world.
The Office of U.S. Vice President
Office U.S. Vice President, The Duties, Powers and Responsibilities. Examine the misunderstood office of the vice president and look at some of the people who've made it what it is today. The office is definitely what a vice president makes of it; the Constitution offers no guidelines for the vice president other than that the "Vice President of the United States shall be President of the Senate".
What is a Natural Born Citizen of the United States of America?
The intent of the United States constitutional requirement that the President of the United States be a natural born Citizen of the United States of America: Article II, Section 1, Clause 5. Proposed Natural Born Citizen Amendment to the United States Constitution.
How the Electoral College Works
Selecting a President for the United States of America. The Electoral College is a controversial mechanism of presidential elections that was created by the framers of the U.S. Constitution as a compromise for the presidential election process. At the time, some politicians believed a purely popular election was too reckless, while others objected to giving Congress the power to select the president. How is it that a candidate could win more votes overall and yet not be elected? What would happen if there were a tie in the Electoral College? Who then would elect the president? You will find out about the past elections that weren't decided on Election Day but weeks later, when the Electoral College met, and some that weren't decided until months later.
Posted by Bill Nees
the Cost of a Soldiers Life? . . . Thanks is just not enough.
Ten Conservative Principles, Are We True Conservatives?
by Russell Kirk
The diversity of ways in which conservative views may find expression is itself proof that conservatism is no fixed ideology. What particular principles conservatives emphasize during any given time will vary with the circumstances and necessities of that era. The following ten articles of belief reflect the emphases of conservatives in America nowadays.
Returning to the Constitution does not mean Moving Back the Hands of Time
by Emery Cobb
If we want our Republic to go forward, we have to return to what our founders wanted and be responsible for our actions, and decisions. Retaining*
our Constitution and honoring it as the law of the land is a great thing. It also means our court system could not legislate from the bench. It’s time to create a movement similar to the Tea Party, to take the nation back to our founding documents and for People to be responsible for our own actions.
PRIDE = Personal Responsibility In Daily Effort!
Why are 312 million people allowing 535 people to push them around?
by Emery Cobb
Our Constitution is a remarkable document. To my knowledge, it is the only document that defines the people of this country has more power than the government, anywhere in the world. So, why are 312 million people allowing themselves to be told what they can and can not do by 535 men and women in a ten square mile city called Washington DC?
People Power in Politics Today
The starting point is to go to house.gov and study your representative's voting record. Then organize a town hall meeting, advertise in the paper and on local cable for free as long as there is no admission and it is in a public building. Get people involved.
George Washington’s Indispensable Wisdom For Todays' Parties And Politics
by Earl Taylor, Jr.
If anyone ever wants to know how the founders would address the problems of today, which are not much different than the ones Washington faced, he just needs to consult Washington’s Farewell Address, delivered on Constitution Day, September 17, 1796, as he was preparing to leave office. No political document gives such clear direction to a nation in trouble, than does this message. We ask the questions and President Washington gives the answers in these excerpts from his Farewell Address.
Health Care Bill Woes and "Change We Don't Need!" nor Deserve or Want . . .
by Stephen E. Fraser, MD
As a practicing physician I have major concerns with the health care bill before Congress. I actually have read the bill and am shocked by the brazenness of the government's proposed involvement in the patient-physician relationship. The very idea that the government will dictate and ration patient care is dangerous and certainly not helpful in designing a health care system that works for all. Every physician I work with agrees that we need to fix our health care system, but the proposed bills currently making their way through congress will be a disaster if passed.
The Way We Get By - Movie Documentary
A Good Cause
Here is an American Campaign Effort WORTH Your Support! A Few Made America Free, A Few Step Up to Keep America Free,
Three of the Finest Most Dedicated Americans I Have Ever Seen, "What Have You Done For Freedom?" These Fine Americans Need Our Support.
United States of America's Founding as a Christian Nation
by Randy Forbes / Pat Boone
Representative Randy Forbes - May 06, 2009 Congressman Forbes asks the questions "Did America ever consider itself a Christian Nation?" and "If America was once a Christian nation, when did it cease to be?" on the floor of the US House. Also the President Without A Country by Pat Boone.
John Q. Public
by John Q. Public
Will our economy and it’s direct outcome have to be considered catastrophic before anyone actually does something? Already, our poor economy is causing people to lose their jobs and homes at an alarming rate. Please allow me to introduce myself, my name is John Q. Public and I currently reside in Any Town, USA. I like to say I am a self-motivated, independent thinker who is ready to apply my vocational skills to projects of any type. In short, I am a man with a dream living in a country where that used to mean something, the American dream lives on in our hearts, not in our reality.
I'm 63 and I’m Tired
by Robert A. Hall
Yes, I'm damn tired. But I'm also glad to be 63. Because, mostly, I'm not going to have to see the world these people are making. I'm just sorry for my granddaughter. Robert A. Hall is a Marine Vietnam veteran who served five terms in the Massachusetts State Senate.
Freedom is like an Infant . . .
by Emery Cobb
Today our child is on life support, the doctors tending our child are not giving it much of a chance to live. So ask yourself, is this child going to die, or will we as Americans come to its aid and give it the strength to be passed on to the next generation?
The President Without A Country . . .
by Pat Boone
Mr. Obama, It seems increasingly and painfully obvious that you are more influenced by your upbringing and questionable education than most suspected. If you consider yourself the president of a people who are "no longer Christian," who have "failed to live up to our ideals," who "have been arrogant," and might even be "considered Muslim" - you are president of a country most Americans don't recognize. Could it be you are a president without a country?