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Logic Behind the Electoral College

There has been much debate over the Electoral College. For example, when Bush and Gore were fighting over the Florida vote and Bush won, he actually had fewer popular votes than Gore, but had more electoral collage votes. Many felt this was inappropriate – that the majority of the people should rule.

Why did the Founding Fathers incorporate the Electoral College into the Constitution? Some say, ”Well, they didn’t think about something like this happening.” Actually they did think about something like this happening, and it is the very reason they developed the Electoral College.

What the Founding Fathers were trying to do was create a system of checks and balances between the popular vote and the state vote. The Founders continually debated over ”states rights” and federal power. If the United States of America were a democracy, then we would go simply on the popular vote, but the United States of America is not a democracy. It is a republic (see the Pledge of Allegiance).

Now, I’m not talking about political parties here, I’m talking about systems of government. A democracy is rule by majority. A republic is rule by law. In our case, the law is the Constitution.

The Electoral College is in place to prevent the majority vote of densely populated states from overpowering the rest of the nation. It is in place to give an equal footing for the states. In the Bush-Gore election year, Bush had 30 states while Gore had 20 states. So, Bush did have the majority of states, while Gore had a slightly higher number of individual votes.

This is one of the few times in American history that the Electoral College influenced an election in a powerful way – a way that the Founding Fathers intended. It protected us from a pure democracy, which the Founding Father’s feared.

As James Madison stated, ”Hence it is that democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and in general have been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths… A republic, by which I mean a government in which a scheme of representation takes place, opens a different prospect and promises the cure for which we are seeking.” (James Madison, Federalist Papers, the McClean Edition, The Federalist Paper #10, page 81, 1788 )

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Recognize Inspiration: How Does It Feel to You?

When you are aligned with personal and universal truth, you open yourself up to a channel of inspiration. Inspiration looks and feels different for each person. That’s why it’s important to learn to recognize inspiration and how it shows up for you.

Some people hear a phrase in their minds. Others see a vision of clarity. Others have a sense or a knowing that they need to do something. It can come as strokes of ideas accompanied by a great feeling.

In this segment of Marnie’s Motivational Moments, I talk about I for Inspiration in the A.C.T.I.O.N. acronym.  I share the way inspiration shows up for me and how it is married to action.

How does inspiration feel to you?

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The Truth Will Set You Free

Jesus said that the truth will set you free. Why is this?

In this vlog I share the concepts of personal and universal truth and how they play into the type of A.C.T.I.O.N. that leads to your greatest aspirations being fulfilled.

What Is Truth?

Pilate asked Jesus, “What is truth?” That’s a very important question! There are two types of truth. First there is universal, absolute truth based on universal laws. The Law of Sowing and Reaping (aka Cause and Effect), for example, is a universal truth. What you send out, eventually comes back to you and rarely from the place you sent it.

The second type of truth is personal truth which has to do with your life purpose, your path. What works for you may not work for someone else. What’s right for you  might not be right for someone else when it comes to your  life path and purpose.

The Truth Will Set You Free

When you align your personal truth (your highest purpose) with ultimate universal truth, you put yourself on a channel of inspiration. If you follow the instructions from the inspiration channel, it will lead you to take actions that lead to ultimate freedom. Aligning yourself with your personal and universal truth opens doors of opportunity, raises up friends, and pours out peace.

This ultimate freedom creates an environment where the fulfillment of your highest aspirations is possible. Remember “aspirations” are more than amassing fame or fortunes. Aspirations are higher objectives that involve you becoming the person you’re here to be, being of service to your fellowman, and experiencing joy in your life.

It’s been said, “Adam fell that men might be, and men are that they might have joy.” That means that the object and design of our existence as men and women (children of God) is to experience joy! That happens when we align our personal truth with universal truth and live in harmony with both.

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Releasing the Outcome: Care, But Don’t Care

We’re going through the A.C.T.I.O.N. acronym. If you missed A, go here.  Today is the letter C for “Care, But Don’t Care.” In other words, you need an aspiration you truly care about, but releasing the outcome is critical.

What do I mean by that? Watch this video, because I’ll share an example of a time in my life where I had to learn what it means to care, but not care. I think it will help you see what I mean.

releasing the outcomeReleasing the Outcome

The key is to set a clear intention for something you truly care about, take inspired action toward it, and then let go of the outcome.

Remember that you can’t control other people. You want an outcome, but who else is involved is not your call to make. Other people have their own freedom to choose.

Also, you can’t always choose which opportunity will be the one to materialize. That’s something else you need to release — when, how, or where your pieces come from.

So,s care about your big aspiration — care big about it — but don’t care whether this person or this opportunity is THE ONE to make it a reality.

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Aspire to Become: Becoming Precedes Achieving

 

Welcome back for another Marnie's Motivational Moment. We're going through the A.C.T.I.O.N. acronym. Any goal, dream or aspiration requires ACTION. In this segment we're talking about A for Aspiration. Aspire to become more!

When you take action based on your highest aspirations, you tap into a power to achieve great things. When all your actions are performed with your highest aspirations and big dreams in mind, there isn't much that can stop you.

Aspire to Become More

In this segment of "Marnie's Motivational Moments" I share insights on the first step to inspired action.

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How to Make Your Dreams Come True

 

achieve your dreamsDo you have big dreams? Do you have something that your heart longs for? Is there something you've always wanted to have, do or become? If so, this series of Marnie's Motivational Moments is for you.

I am a firm believer in the fact that we create our realities. We play a significant role in the things that happen in our lives.

Sure, there will always be surprises, challenges, and setbacks, but they are all part of the process of helping us become who we desire to be on the most deepest of levels. It's the becoming that allows us to achieve the results we seek.

Yet, we can desire all day long, but if we don't take action, nothing is going to happen.

It's like the prosperous farmer who was told, "God has really blessed you with an abundant piece of property. The farmer replied, "Yes, but you should have seen it when God had it all to Himself."

God gives us the raw materials to work with, but it is up to us to take action on those materials to transform them into what we envision.

The great thing about action is that all of nature responds when you go into action toward your heartfelt desires.

So, I ask you, "Are you taking A.C.T.I.O.N?"

In this segment of Marnie's Motivational Moments you'll discover what it means to really take inspired action that makes your dreams a reality.

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Obama UN Speech: Give Up Some Freedom

Obama UN speech — Speaking at the United Nations in September 2016, President Obama made this statement:

“And we can only realize the promise of this institution’s founding, to replace the ravages of war with cooperation if powerful nations, like my own, accept constraints.  Sometimes I’m criticize in my own country for professing a belief in international norms and multilateral institutions, but I am convinced that in the long run, giving up some freedom of action, not giving up our ability to protect ourselves or pursue our core interests, but binding ourselves to international rules over the long term enhances our security.”

My reply comes from Benjamin Franklin:

“Those who surrender freedom for security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.”

(Quote is 38 minutes into the video.)

 

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Globalism, Nationalism & the US Presidential Race

Many are still confused about who to vote for in the upcoming presidential election. If you only look at personalities, you could easily think there’s not much of a choice. Or you may be drawn to one person or another based on personality alone. But this election is not about personalities. At the root, this election comes down to nationalism vs globalism.

Do you want to have a sovereign America? Or do you want to be ruled by the UN (one world government)? One candidate is for a sovereign America with borders and a clear system for lawful immigration. The other is not. No matter how you feel about their personalities, this is really the root of the decision.

What Is Globalism?

Globalism is working toward a one world order with one over-arching government that rules over individual nations. Eventually, globalism leads to each person being a citizen of the world, instead of citizens of their individual nations. The founders of the United Nations envisioned one world government. Member nations are obligated to the UN and to each other. The laws and regulations imposed by the UN override the laws of individual countries.

You may be saying, “So what? Why does this matter?”

I will take just a moment to explain why this most definitely matters. Anything is managed best at the most local level. Think of homes. They’re managed best when the parents are involved and responsible. Your neighbor will not love and raise your children as well as you will.

A classroom is managed best by the teacher because a good teacher knows his or her children and how they learn. A county is managed best by local people who live there, own property,  care most about the area, and have friends there.

The higher up you go, the more poorly things are managed. We see this rampant mismanagement and lack of true caring for constituents on a federal level. Seriously, how concerned is the average congressman about your paycheck? My parents’ retirement? Your child’s creative skills?

Take that to a global level. How much do you think Korea is going to care about people in Kansas? How well can our country be governed by a global group who would gladly sell out our country, you, or me for money and power? It’s in the interest of each nation to govern itself.

The majority of the world is NOT free. Do we want them governing our nation? Policing our streets? Creating curriculum for our children and grandchildren?

Nationalism Vs. Isolationism

nationalism vs isolationismMany people confuse nationalism with isolationism. Proponents of globalism accuse those who want borders and national sovereignty of being naive at best and xenophobic at worst. Their argument is that we live in a global society with global trade and travel. They accuse nationalists of being backward and old-fashioned. Proponents of globalism often like to say that nationalists are isolationists. But this simply, is not true.

Nationalists are not isolationists nor are we against world trade or travel. Nationalists, like Trump, are not suggesting that we not trade with or be a part of the world. In fact, an important qualification Trump possesses is his experience negotiating with people all over the world.

There is a BIG difference between amicably trading with the world and allowing the UN to set rules and laws for our citizens. There is a major difference between trading globally and letting global laws have a higher say than our own Constitution.

Obama has already made his parting speech at the UN by saying we need to give up some of our freedoms to allow for world government. Hillary Clinton is just Obama part 2.

Nationalists say, “America first for Americans. Britain first for the British. France first for French, etc.” Each country must take care of its own and come to a trade table looking out for the interests of the people they represent. What good is a legal counsel during a negotiation who has no vested interest in his client?

Also, what good is an entangled negotiator who doesn’t have the ability to easily walk away from the table? The UN entangles us in foreign wars and obligates our military to police other countries. The UN appropriates our dollars to other nations — away from solving our own internal problems. There’s no way for a country to easily walk away from a UN negotiation table.

When the people are no longer represented with integrity, and our leaders are entangled in alliances that take precedence over our own people’s needs, tyranny is inevitable.

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Marketing Lessons from the Presidential Race

marketing lessonsI’m gleaning marketing lessons by re-reading “The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing: Violate Them At Your Own Risk” again. I originally found this back in the late 90’s and it significantly impacted my business.

The book, by Jack Trout and Al Reis, starts by saying that to succeed in marketing you want to be first to be known in your category. If you’re not going to be first, then make up a new category.

Marketing Lessons from Trump & Clinton

I’m thinking of this in terms of the upcoming election. Clinton’s obviously going for the “first woman president” category.

I think Trump is #1 in the “America first” category. This is depicted in his political incorrectness. That’s what’s made him stand out and be popular — a maverick entrepreneur who is giving a voice to traditional Americans who are sick of the political correctness and want to think, believe and speak what they want.

His border and immigration policies are cohesive with his “America first” brand. Nationalism in opposition to globalism. (These are examples of laws 1 and 2: the Law of Leadership and the Law of the Category.)

The “make America great again” slogan represents Trump’s America First niche while Clinton’s “I’m with her” slogan speaks to her “first woman president” objective. These slogans are representative of Law 5: The Law of Focus.

Law 8: the Law of Duality states that every marketing race tends to dwindle down to 2 main players (think Coke and Pepsi). While there are 3rd party candidates in the US, they don’t stand a chance because by this late in the game, the Law of Duality has already taken us down to a two-horse marketing race.

Kind of fascinating to examine these laws at work in not only business, but also politics.

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Pray for America: Can One Simple Thing Turn the Tide?

pray for americaMany of us feel like we should pray for America. My father taught me this principle about how small and simple actions can make a world of difference in a country.

“For the want of a nail the shoe was lost,
For the want of a shoe the horse was lost,
For the want of a horse the rider was lost,
For the want of a rider the battle was lost,
For the want of a battle the kingdom was lost,
And all for the want of a horseshoe-nail.”
– Benjamin Franklin

What if we all asked ourselves each day, “What is the one little thing I can do today to save my country?” And then did it… What nail do you have in your possession?

Pray for America

Mother Teresa said,

I used to pray that God would feed the hungry, or do this or that, but now I pray that he will guide me to do whatever I’m supposed to do, what I can do. I used to pray for answers, but now I’m praying for strength. I used to believe that prayer changes things, but now I know that prayer changes us and we change things.”

I love this. I used to pray for God to save my country. Now I ask every morning “What can I do today to save my country? Use me, please show me what to say or do.”

Each of us can do some small and simple things that can make great improvements in our country and society.