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Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia found dead at Texas ranch last night, 02/13/2016


What a sad day for the American people and just as important, the Constitution of the United States of America.  God help us if our current President nominates our next Justice, which is almost a certainty with as this President thinks of the Constitution as an inconvenience and a nuisance that gets in the way of his personal agenda.

Nominated by President Ronald Reagan in 1986, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the intellectual cornerstone of the court’s modern conservative wing, whose elegant and acidic opinions inspired a movement of legal thinkers and ignited liberal critics, died today, Feb. 13 on a ranch near Marfa, Tex. He was 79.  The cause of death was not immediately known. 

Justice Scalia was the most prominent advocate of a manner of constitutional interpretation called “originalism,” the idea that judges should look to the meaning of the words of the Constitution at the time they were written.  A Catholic  with strong conservative convictions, convictions that held our county’s Constitution the law of the land, meant to be interpreted as it was written, not to be an instrument that would or could be used to make law rather than see it as written.

It is my humble opinion that Justice Scalia believed in the Constitution and that it should be upheld as written, not to be used to make law as many liberal courts have attempted to do over the years.  We must have faith that “We the People” should determine the Justice who  will replace Justice Scalia by their votes cast during the upcoming presidential election.  The next President, Democrat or Republican, should be the one too nominate their choice of candidates to replace one who cannot be replaced due to his strong convictions and belief in our Constitution as it was written, not by those who would change the constitution to make law, rather than uphold it.  I fear for the future of our nations continued trust in our forefather’s intentions when they put pen to paper and together wrote and implemented the greatest and most powerful document ever produced my man.

The importance of our future can not be overstated, nor can the importance of our next election and the meaning of it’s outcome.  The direction the American people chose, the road to the “Left” or the road to the “Right” will be determined, as will the life of the Constitution of the United States of America.  We the people have a duty requiring each and every one of us to do the right thing and “Vote”, our Constitution depends on it.

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Ten Commandments of Human Relations

The fundamental issue in human ethical behavior is summarized by Jesus in what we have come to call "The Golden Rule." Jesus put it this way:

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets (Matthew 7:12 TNIV).

It asks us to test our treatment of others by putting ourselves in their place. Treat others the way you would want them to treat you in the same or similar circumstance.

Somebody took that principle and translated it into Ten Commandments of Human Relations. You may have seen this anonymous piece, for it circulates in a variety of settings. In case you have missed it, I am reproducing it here.

Speak to people. There is nothing as nice as a cheerful word of greeting.

Smile at people. It takes 72 muscles to frown, only 14 to smile.

Call people by name. It is music to anyone’s ears to hear the sound of his or her name.

Be friendly and helpful.

Be cordial. Speak and act as if everything you do is genuinely a pleasure. If it isn’t, learn to make it so.

Be genuinely interested in people. You can like almost anyone, if you try.

Be generous with praise, cautious with criticism.

Be considerate of the feelings of others. There are usually three sides to a controversy — yours, the other fellow’s, and the correct one.

Be alert to serve. What counts most in life is what you do for others.

Live with a good sense of humor, a generous dose of patience, and a dash of humility appropriate to being human.

Made in God’s image, all of us have something to be valued!

The great challenge in human experience is not work skills, but people skills. That is, research has shown that the majority of people who fail in their vocation do so because they cannot get along with people.

You might think through the meaning of these ten common-sense ideas for your own workplace and personal activity. But what about the larger setting for your daily life? These principles work everywhere you go, for they are about showing respect to the people you meet in all those places.

Made in God’s image, all of us have something to be valued, affirmed, and acknowledged by others. But let it begin with us to acknowledge it in them. As the cycle of giving and receiving enlarges, the human community comes alive.

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