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Statue of President James Madison. By US Capitol (President James Madison Memorial) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

Is there no virtue among us?

James Madison said that a virtuous citizenry is what secures liberty and happiness. He said, "But I go on this great republican principle, that the people will have virtue and intelligence to select men of virtue and wisdom."

Gary Johnson won the party's presidential nomination on the second ballot with 55.8 percent of the delegate vote, giving him a second shot at the presidency after winning about 1.72 million votes as the party's candidate in 2012. (Associated Press)

Let Gary Johnson debate

On Sept. 7, NBC and MSNBC will present an event called The Commander in Chief forum. While there is some irony in this forum being hosted by the "Karl Marx Channel," there is a huge problem with this forum and the subsequent debates planned for this fall.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Akron, Ohio, Monday, Aug. 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) **FILE**

The Republican Maginot line

While the GOP is busy fighting the last war, a new war is upon them and the Republican establishment is ill prepared to deal with it. The new war is the Trump war.

Pastor Mark Dever. (Image: Screen shot from video produced by the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) of the Southern Baptist Convention)

Why should the devil have all the good music?

- The Washington Times

Mark Dever, pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church here in Washington, D.C., published a very interesting piece Tuesday. Titled, "In Praise of Low-Budget, Non-Professional Music Ministries," it is well worth a Christian's time in reading.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump meets with active and retired law enforcement at a Fraternal Order of Police lodge in Akron, Ohio, Monday, Aug. 22, 2016.(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

School choice the Republican key to African-American votes

After detailing the shameful conditions of poverty, unemployment, crime, incarceration and failed schools which have developed under Democrat control of American cities for the past 50 years, Mr. Trump asked for the votes of African-Americans.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives to speak at a campaign rally in Akron, Ohio, Monday, Aug. 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Memo to Donald Trump: Here's how to apologize

Check with your pastor, rabbi, imam or Friend of Bill -- they will agree that there are several essential components to a meaningful apology -- all absent from Mr. Trump's remarks. The elements are designed to begin a process of change in both the injured person and the perpetrator of the injury.

President Barack Obama gestures while saying it's important to think about the why when choosing a goal or profession, as he speaks to Young African Leaders Initiative event at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) **FILE**

Obama's protocols for deciding whether to kill you

On Aug. 5, President Obama released a declassified May 22, 2013 document euphemistically styled Presidential Policy Guidance. It delineates the secret procedures the president has promised to employ (shielded from outside scrutiny or verification) to determine whether any person on the planet shall live or die based on his say-so alone.