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  WOULD YOU WANT ME ON YOUR CENTRAL COMMITTEE????  Whatever that is?  (read last article)  If I were on a committee, what would I do?


As a member of a political committee, my activities and decision must reflect my beliefs. As a member,  I influence the guidance, however small, of our country in the right or wrong direction.  Who would you want on one of these committees?  Would you want someone who would influence our country in the Christian way or some other way?  How is that done?  How do these committees perform to reach the goals they set?


 Every organization has a structure through which it operates.  At this point it is appropriate to ask: is ours Christian nation or not?  So, is it?  It has been said that "the determining factor is whether the form of our civil government is Christian."  If the form is Christian, the civil government and, therefore, the nation, are Christian.


The evidence verifies the fact that our country was founded by those who had been instructed in and based our form of civil government on the principles of Biblical civil government.  Just as the church order is based on Biblical principles and is described as republican so the form of our civil government has been characterized as "republican."  A short recap of this kind of government is: "that in which the exercise of sovereign power is lodged in representatives elected by the people."  This also implies the need for laws and limits that apply to the chosen officers.  It then follows that there must be a written contract that spells out these laws, limits and elected officers referred to as "representatives."


It is not surprising that in our country, groups of all kinds follow those principles.  Think about the clubs, associations, and organizations you know about.  Have you noticed these have rules [often Robertís Rules of Order], representatives, elections, and constitutions.  The County Central Committee is structured this way as are the "upper level" committees, the State Central Committees and the National Committees.  An examination of these committees shows that:


 Each political party has its own committees on all levels whose members must be chosen by that party. Each of these committees meets at stated times and places determined partially by the state and partially by the committees.


Robertís Rules of Order guide the conduct of all of these meetings in order that they may proceed in an orderly manner.  This also eliminates problems that could arise in regard to the making of motions and other business.  Often the group may choose a parliamentarian to make sure these rules are observed.  (A good parliamentarian is there to see that order, fairness, and honesty prevail.  [Incidentally, Robertís Rules of Order are followed exactly by Congress.]  If, when one goes to Congress, one doesnít know these rules well, he can be blocked from reaching goals he has set out to reach.)


The committees on each level elect their own officers: chairman, parliamentarian, secretary, treasurer, etc.


The chairman (of either the County Central Committee [CCC], State, or National committees) may also appoint other temporary chairmen for such special committees as may be needed for a particular, limited activity: nomination chairmen, publicity chairman, a chairman in charge of a meeting, a dinner, special speaker, fund-raiser and the like.  (When the event is over, the chairmanship ends.)  For these special events the chairman may appoint others to his committee to be in charge of publicity, phone, communications and such like.  All must, of course have to do with the goals of the main committee.


Each political committee is individually controlled my members chosen by their members and by rules as well.


And all of this is written down.  If you want to know what the rules are, what the offices are, or any number of other questions that have to do with the workings of these committees, you can find it at your county clerks office.  It is written down!


Never heard of all this rigmarole?  You might want to take an interest, because all over the country central committees are influencing the nation a little at a time for better or for worse.

Question: How many amendments were passed from 1791 to 1900? From 1901-1971?  Have any been revised or repealed?


Answer: Not counting the Bill of Rights, which was passed as additional articles of the Constitution, there were five passed from 1791-1900. From then until 1971 there were twelve. One of these, the XVIIIth, was repealed in 1933. (What was it?) 


In 1913 the States lost their representation in Congress when Article I, Section 3, paragraph 1., was revised:


1887-1913: "The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, chosen by the Legislature thereof ,..."


1913: "The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, elected by the people thereof ,..." How has this affected the States?

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