Jon McNaughton: One Nation Under God

The following YouTube video features artist Jon McNaughton speaking about his painting depicting his belief, which I share, that the Constitution of the United States was inspired by Jesus Christ.

The rich symbolism in the painting is explained via an informative interactive page on the McNaughton Art website:


From the Doctrine and Covenants of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I quote the words of the Savior:

77 According to the laws and aconstitution of the people, which I have suffered to be established, and should be maintained for the brights and protection of all flesh, according to just and holy principles;

78 That every man may act in doctrine and principle pertaining to futurity, according to the moral aagency which I have given unto him, that every man may be baccountable for his own sins in the day of cjudgment.

79 Therefore, it is not right that any man should be in abondage one to another.

80 And for this purpose have I established the aConstitution of this land, by the hands of wise men whom I raised up unto this very purpose, and redeemed the land by the bshedding of blood.

(D&C 101: 77-80)

Mr. President, Whose Side are You On?

I agree with the analysis articulated in this video, that by taking the side of a foreign nation in sponsoring legal action against the State of Arizona, the President of the United States is abdicating his constitutional duty to protect the citizens of the United States of America.

Is treason too strong a word?

Lest you think I’m too radical, I urge you to read my previous blog, “Dearth of Leadership Take 2, or Leadership by Litigation,” where I explain that I am not in favor of SB1070, and outline my proposed plan to solve the immigration challenge.

However, as a citizen of the State of Arizona and the United States of America, I am appalled that the leadership of the US would sue Arizona for attempting to enforce the same laws the federal government has refused to enforce.  But I’m sure the drug cartels are rejoicing.

What do you think? Tags: ,,,

What a Way to Present the Flag!

It’s late, but I must share one more video, this one referred to me by my wife, whose Facebook status today proclaimed, “ Claudia Dixon loves the red, white, and blue and all it stands for.”

I believe this took place at an air show at Langley Air Force Base in 2008.



I wonder if Claudia will let me take the next jump?

Happy Independence Day … and good night! God bless America! Tags: ,,

In God We Still Trust

Thanks for my good friend John Olsen for pointing out this uplifting video from Diamond Rio, “In God We Still Trust.”  In addition watching the video directly below, you can see the video on the In God We Still Trust website, which includes full lyrics for the song.

In the adult Sunday School lesson I taught today about the Psalms, we read these phrases:

"The Lord is my arock, and my bfortress, and my deliverer; my God, my cstrength, in whom I will dtrust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.”
(Psalms 18: 2)

… and …

“In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.”
(Psalms 56: 11)

God knows us, he loves us, he wants us to be free.  We can trust that he will be our unfailing support amidst the swirling uncertainties of today’s world.  We just need to remember him and order our lives in harmony with his teachings.

As he proclaimed,

… If ye acontinue in my word, then are ye my bdisciples indeed;

And ye shall aknow the btruth, and the ctruth shall make you dfree.
(John 8: 31-32)

Thank you, Diamond Rio! We do still trust in God.  And that trust will keep us free. Tags: ,,

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand …

In a stirring, impromptu, a cappella performance, an attendee at a Tea Party shares his love of freedom by singing the fourth verse of The Star Spangled Banner.


The lyrics he sang so powerfully are:

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

What a fitting message for this Independence Day, when we express our gratitude to the living God who “made and preserved us a nation.”

Thanks to my daughter Angie for pointing out this moving video.

God bless America!

Pennies and $Billions

This YouTube video has apparently existed for over a year and has been viewed over 1.2 million times, but I saw it for the first time yesterday.  It gives an excellent visual perspective of how much (or little) $100 million in proposed budget cuts really is when compared to the federal budget as a whole.

Now, please tell me once again, who is going to pay for all the pennies on the right of the blue line? Tags: ,,,

Stephanie Nielson: My New Life

Please take a few minutes from your busy life to watch and ponder this touching video where Stephanie Nielson, a young mother who lived across the street from us in Mesa, AZ, tells her own story of courage and faith following a near-fatal airplane crash.


Stephanie continues to recount her “new life” experiences in her widely read blog, NieNie Dialogues. Tags: ,,,

The National Debt Road Trip

Debt beyond one’s ability to pay is a mechanism of slavery and oppression, not freedom.  The huge US national debt, particularly that held by foreign powers, represents a surrender of national freedom and sovereignty to those who hold that debt. The rate at which the US national debt is increasing has gone beyond alarming. This little video provides a new way to look at that extraordinary rate of increase.