Morgendämmerung, oder, Wie man mit dem Hammer theologirt.
Nescire autem quid ante quam natus sis acciderit id es semper esse puerum.
Orandum est ut sit mens sana in corpore sano.
Homo sum humani nihil a me alienum puto.
Semper idem sed non eodem modo.


Verbum domini manet in aeternum. The word of the Lord endures forever.
1 Peter 1:24-25, quoting Isaiah 40:6,8. Motto of the Lutheran Reformation.

Fayth onely justifieth before God. Robert Barnes, DD The Supplication, fourth essay. London: Daye, 1572.

Lord if Thou straightly mark our iniquity, who is able to abide Thy judgement? Wherefore I trust in no work that I ever did, but only in the death of Jesus Christ. I do not doubt, but through Him to inherit the kingdom of heaven. Robert Barnes, DD, before he was burnt alive for "heresy", 30 July 1540.

What is Luther? The doctrine is not mine, nor have I been crucified for anyone. Martin Luther, Dr. theol. (1522)

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04 November 2012

Election Day 2012 -- is 17 December.

That's when the Electoral College votes for president this election. The first Monday after the second Wednesday in December, in each state's capitol.  The Electoral College elects the president. We elect the electors. We do not directly elect the head of the executive branch of government. That's on purpose.  That purpose does not, unlike selecting Tuesday as voting day, derive from originally being mostly rural and without modern means of travel and communication (Monday to get to the poll, Tuesday to vote, Wednesday to get home, not disturbing religious observances, after harvest but before bad Winter weather). To know what that purpose of the Electoral College is, and why our nation's founders considered it one of the safeguards of our liberty and of our identity as a federal republic, is also, IMHO, to know why neither political party -- parties being neither mandated nor even assumed by the Constitution -- will really serve the vision according to which our country was constituted or greatly help or hinder in the ongoing working out of that vision over the long run.

Washington was dead set against political parties. The man, not the city! Ironic.

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