Theocracise the county’s charter.

Theocracise the county’s charter.

1. Before continuing in this article or any article in this blog, I recommend that you read the article entitled, Lakewoodites for McCartney: (which was originally written when I was running for a seat on the city’s council,) otherwise the paragraphs that are numbered 2 – 5 and 77 – 78 of that article. But persons ought to know that they (and you) are responsible, (although some act recklessly,) and ought to act responsibly.

2. Additionally you might read some related articles called, Theonomic amendment, and, Theonomise the state’s constitution. Persons that claim to be Christians might read, Church discipline. (Not every person that claims to be a Christian is a Christian. See II Corinthians 11:26, and other scriptures.) And if you have the time, another related article that you might be interested in is, Christianise the preamble. The charter of the county of Cuyahoga (County of Cuyahoga) can be viewed at the following link.

http://www.cuyahogacounty.us/pdf/CCCharter.pdf

3. I have in this article presented five (5) forms pertaining to the preamble of the charter of the county of Cuyahoga, that is in the state of Ohio. That was issue number 6 of Cuyahoga county. The official count of the voting for that was two hundred thirty and four thousand three hundred forty and six (234,346) votes for the charter, and one hundred and nineteen thousand six hundred threescore and six (119,666) votes opposed to it. That can be seen at the link that is below this paragraph. It is near the bottom of that internet page, which is about eighty percent (80%) of the way down that page.

http://boe.cuyahogacounty.us/pdf_boe/en-US/Nov03officialCanvass.HTM

4. The following is my present proposal to amend the preamble of the charter of the county of Cuyahoga.

5. Form 1.

The following two (2) paragraphs are the present preamble, that was proposed by a petition, and sent to the voters by mail, of the year of 2009; the year that it was initially approved by the voters.

We, the people of Cuyahoga County, Ohio, desire a reformed County Government to significantly improve the County’s economic competitiveness. With it, the taxpayers of Cuyahoga County can have: (1) focused, effective and accountable leadership; (2) job creation and economic growth as a fundamental government purpose, thereby helping the County do a better job of creating and retaining jobs and ensuring necessary and essential health and human services; (3) collaborative leadership with Cleveland, suburbs and others within the public and private sectors; (4) an improved focus on equity for all our communities and citizens; (5) long-term regional and global competitiveness; and (6) significant taxpayer savings by streamlining and eliminating unnecessary elected offices.

Desiring to secure for ourselves and for our successors the benefits of self-determination as to local matters that are afforded by the assumption of home rule powers for this County and the establishment of a county government that provides for the separation of administrative and legislative powers and for a more representative and accountable form of governance for this County, We, the people, adopt this Charter of Cuyahoga County.

6. Form 2.

The following two (2) paragraphs are the present preamble; but with the parts emboldened that are proposed to be altered or changed.

We, the people of Cuyahoga County, Ohio, desire a reformed County Government to significantly improve the County’s economic competitiveness. With it, the taxpayers of Cuyahoga County can have: (1) focused, effective and accountable leadership; (2) job creation and economic growth as a fundamental government purpose, thereby helping the County do a better job of creating and retaining jobs and ensuring necessary and essential health and human services; (3) collaborative leadership with Cleveland, suburbs and others within the public and private sectors; (4) an improved focus on equity for all our communities and citizens; (5) long-term regional and global competitiveness; and (6) significant taxpayer savings by streamlining and eliminating unnecessary elected offices.

Desiring to secure for ourselves and for our successors the benefits of self-determination as to local matters that are afforded by the assumption of home rule powers for this County and the establishment of a county government that provides for the separation of administrative and legislative powers and for a more representative and accountable form of governance for this County, We, the people, adopt this Charter of Cuyahoga County.

7. Form 3.

The following title and three (3) paragraphs are a proposed preamble, with the parts emboldened that are proposed to be altered or changed.

PREAMBLE

We, the people of the County of Cuyahoga, in the state of Ohio, in the fœderal republic of the United States of America, acknowledge that we and our laws are under the God of Israel and the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ. We acknowledge that the holy scriptures (the scriptures) are the Christian Bible of the old and new testaments expressed in the King James Version. We acknowledge the superiority of the Creator (God) and his law, and the rest of the scriptures. We acknowledge that we are subject unto the higher powers that are not contrary to God’s expressed will in the scriptures. We acknowledge that we are to walk in the ways of God by seeking to observe and do his commandments; because he is worthy, and to avoid his curses. We hope that the blessings of God might come on us if we hearken unto his voice. We desire to be righteously ruled by godly rulers, that the evil be terrorised, and those which do good be praised.

We, the people, desire a reformed county government to significantly improve the county’s economic competitiveness. With it, the taxpayers of Cuyahoga County can have: (1) godly, focused, effective and accountable leadership; (2) job attraction and economic growth to be a fundamental governmental purpose, thereby helping the county do a better job of attracting and retaining jobs, and ensuring necessary and essential health and human services; (3) collaborative leadership with Cleveland, its suburbs, and persons within the public and private sectors; (4) an improved focus on godliness and honesty to benefit all of our communities and obedient citizens; (5) long-term regional and global competitiveness; and (6) significant taxpayer savings by streamlining and eliminating unnecessary elected offices.

Desiring to secure for ourselves and for our successors the benefits of self-determination pertaining to local matters that are afforded by the assumption of home rule powers for this county, and the establishment of a county government that shall have the separation of administrative and legislative powers, that is provided for by this charter, and for a more representative and accountable form of governance for this county, we, the people, adopt this Charter for the County of Cuyahoga.

8. Form 4.

The following title and three (3) paragraphs are a combination of the current preamble, and the proposed altered preamble, with the proposed additions underlined, and the proposed omissions struck through.

PREAMBLE

We, the people of the County of Cuyahoga, in the state of Ohio, in the fœderal republic of the United States of America, acknowledge that we and our laws are under the God of Israel and the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ. We acknowledge that the holy scriptures (the scriptures) are the Christian Bible of the old and new testaments expressed in the King James Version. We acknowledge the superiority of the Creator (God) and his law, and the rest of the scriptures. We acknowledge that we are subject unto the higher powers that are not contrary to God’s expressed will in the scriptures. We acknowledge that we are to walk in the ways of God by seeking to observe and do his commandments; because he is worthy, and to avoid his curses. We hope that the blessings of God might come on us if we hearken unto his voice. We desire to be righteously ruled by godly rulers, that the evil be terrorised, and those which do good be praised.

We, the people, of Cuyahoga County, Ohio, desire a reformed County Government county government to significantly improve the County’s county’s economic competitiveness. With it, the taxpayers of Cuyahoga County can have: (1) godly, focused, effective and accountable leadership; (2) job creation attraction and economic growth as to be a fundamental government governmental purpose, thereby helping the County county do a better job of creating attracting and retaining jobs, and ensuring necessary and essential health and human services; (3) collaborative leadership with Cleveland, its suburbs, and others persons within the public and private sectors; (4) an improved focus on equity for godliness and honesty to benefit all of our communities and obedient citizens; (5) long-term regional and global competitiveness; and (6) significant taxpayer savings by streamlining and eliminating unnecessary elected offices.

Desiring to secure for ourselves and for our successors the benefits of self-determination as pertaining to local matters that are afforded by the assumption of home rule powers for this County county, and the establishment of a county government that provides for shall have the separation of administrative and legislative powers, that is provided for by this charter, and for a more representative and accountable form of governance for this County county, We we, the people, adopt this Charter of Cuyahoga County for the County of Cuyahoga.

9. Form 5.

The following title and three (3) paragraphs are the proposed altered or changed preamble in a regular form, the file name of which is 2009.12.09.2a.

PREAMBLE

We, the people of the County of Cuyahoga, in the state of Ohio, in the fœderal republic of the United States of America, acknowledge that we and our laws are under the God of Israel and the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ. We acknowledge that the holy scriptures (the scriptures) are the Christian Bible of the old and new testaments expressed in the King James Version. We acknowledge the superiority of the Creator (God) and his law, and the rest of the scriptures. We acknowledge that we are subject unto the higher powers that are not contrary to God’s expressed will in the scriptures. We acknowledge that we are to walk in the ways of God by seeking to observe and do his commandments; because he is worthy, and to avoid his curses. We hope that the blessings of God might come on us if we hearken unto his voice. We desire to be righteously ruled by godly rulers, that the evil be terrorised, and those which do good be praised.

We, the people, desire a reformed county government to significantly improve the county’s economic competitiveness. With it, the taxpayers of Cuyahoga County can have: (1) godly, focused, effective and accountable leadership; (2) job attraction and economic growth to be a fundamental governmental purpose, thereby helping the county do a better job of attracting and retaining jobs, and ensuring necessary and essential health and human services; (3) collaborative leadership with Cleveland, its suburbs, and persons within the public and private sectors; (4) an improved focus on godliness and honesty to benefit all of our communities and obedient citizens; (5) long-term regional and global competitiveness; and (6) significant taxpayer savings by streamlining and eliminating unnecessary elected offices.

Desiring to secure for ourselves and for our successors the benefits of self-determination pertaining to local matters that are afforded by the assumption of home rule powers for this county, and the establishment of a county government that shall have the separation of administrative and legislative powers, that is provided for by this charter, and for a more representative and accountable form of governance for this county, we, the people, adopt this Charter for the County of Cuyahoga.

10. If you have not taken the time out of your busy schedule to read the other articles that I referred to, I will attempt to accommodate you by addressing you about the obvious. You are probably thinking that my proposal is against the American constitution.

11. My proposal is not unconstitutional. But if it is, the constitution is unscriptural, and ought to be amended to conform to the higher document of the holy scriptures, (the Christian Bible of the old and new testaments, best presented in the King James Version,) which are of God (the Creator). The laws of man are of creatures, and are therefore inferior to that which was issued by the higher person that the English scriptures call God.

12. Although I think that initially making and ratifying a theonomic or theocratic or Christian amendment to the constitutions of both the United States of America and the state of Ohio should make theocracising the charter of Cuyahoga county easier, I can show that it might not be necessary presently. But considering the way that the United States’ Supreme Court has been judging recently within the past few decades, (since the death of the authors of America’s constitution,) such constitutional amendments might be a necessity.

13. One of my explanations of the two (2) religion clauses of the first (1st) amendment to the American constitution is the following sentence. The congress shall not legislate to show any preference for any denomination of Christianity, [more than any other Christian sect] nor may the American legislature make any law to halt the unrestricted practise of the God ordained way of his Son the Lord Jesus Christ.

14. If my understanding of the first sixteen (16) words of the first (1st) amendment is correct, that means that we Americans may practise Christianity in all areas of our God given lives. And that is not only in church buildings, but also without (outside of) those buildings in public. We may exercise or practise the Bible in our homes, public schools, businesses, and our governments.

15. If that is true, that means that we may have students in public schools audibly read from the King James Bible, praying nonsectarian Christian prayers, and sitting in rooms that have the ten commandments exclusively and prominently posted. And we should have the legal basis to make the sometimes filthy entertainment industry comply, such as with Revelation 3:18-19.

16. Doesn’t that sound scary? Yes. It sounds scary to persons that intend to disobey God, or commit crimes, or are already doing so, or are immoral.

17. What concerns me is the amount of crimes that our society is tolerating, which are partly a result of the American Supreme Court effectively ruling against God and his word (which it may not do) by some of its ungodly decisions. It concerns me that too many persons of the American people have allowed those bad decisions to stand. By so allowing that, we deserve God’s judgment, in addition to deserving his judgment for our sins or transgressions of his law. See I John 3:4.

18. I am hoping that the sun shall be setting on the days of apathetic Americans tolerating ungodliness. (By that I don’t mean the people waiting for some one else to solve their problems while they continue to sin against God. I mean the people obeying God, and working to accomplish God’s will. We the people ought not to be negligent. See James 4:17.) If the American Supreme Court doesn’t amend its bad decisions, we may and ought to consider recourse, such as checking and balancing the judiciary, or enacting theonomic constitutional amendments, in addition to obeying God’s expressed will in the scriptures.

19. But presently, some of you have been led to think that the government may not advance religion. That is based on a decision, or more, of America’s Supreme Court, that was ostensibly based on the first (1st) amendment.

20. I suggest that you read the first (1st) amendment, and see if you can get that out of the amendment. No such prohibition exists in the constitution. Some one has put one over on the American people, (although not all of us are buying it,) and the judiciary. Attempting to teach that the government may not endorse or advance religion (not to be confused with an establishment thereof) is like making an effort to pull something out of thin air (while causing you to believe that it came from an official document, such as by using some of the words of that document, like, establishment, and, religion).

21. Dear people, the two (2) religion clauses of the national constitution each have a prohibition. When the prohibition of the first (1st) clause is applied to the second (2nd) clause, that makes three (3) prohibitions.

22. Firstly let us consider the establishment clause [the first ten (10) words of the first (1st) amendment]. It is my opinion that that prohibition pertains to congressional legislative sectarian favouritism. The congress may not prefer any denomination of Christianity more than any other Christian sect. But there is no prohibition of congressional legislative favouritism of religion or Christianity.

23. Secondly let us ponder the free exercise clause [the eleventh (11th) through the sixteenth (16th) words of the first (1st) amendment]. The prohibition (shall make no law, which is found in the preceding clause) pertains to prohibiting the free exercise of religion (or Christianity). The two (2) negatives acting against each other eliminate congressional legislation stopping the unlimited exercise of religion (Christianity). (The congress may not legislatively stop the unrestricted practise of Christianity or religion.)

24. That’s it. The two (2) clauses of religion have two (2) or three (3) prohibitions, which were briefly explained (though some would not agree with me that religion means Christianity exclusively). Did you find in the first (1st) amendment any teaching that the government may not aid, or help, or endorse, or advance, or promote religion (which I think means Christianity)?

25. Although the government may not prefer Methodism more than Presbyterianism, (to give an example,) to say that the government may not advance religion is wrong, unconstitutional, deceptive, (whether so intended or not,) according to my opinion, and, more importantly, is unscriptural. See Nehemiah 9.

26. The holy scriptures (the scriptures) are not only a book of salvation, the Bible is a book of law and government. If you don’t believe that, you may read it, and see that. The founders of the American republic knew that. If you think that they meant to exclude God pertaining to government, and public life, you ought to read more American history. (I’m not writing that in a denigrating tone. There is much history that I am not aware of.)

27. But whether they did or not, we have the good guidance of God in a book to know what we ought to do; and we have the power to fix that which is wrong.

28. Although I do not agree with the present form of the charter of the county of Cuyahoga, I am encouraged that some persons had an idea, circulated a petition, put it on the ballot, (regardless of the present governmental officers,) and that the people enacted it by their power of voting.

29. We, the people, have power. [See article X of the amendments to the federal constitution, and section (§) 1a of article II of Ohio’s constitution, and § 12.10 of the county’s charter. And for those that have the courage to think outside of the box, ye (you all) may consider Nehemiah 9:38, preferably in the context of that chapter.] But that power is not to be abused, or delegated and not checked. (Although power may be delegated, the delegates or representatives are to be kept accountable.) We are not locked into the bondage (See Exodus 20:1-2.) of keeping God and his word out of government and our public lives. We are free to include God, and his good law, in our governments, and our public life. For your information, the following is a link to Ohio’s constitution.

http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/constitution.pdf

30. Whether we choose to either include or exclude God and his commandments, we ought to ponder Deuteronomy 28, and other scriptures, such as II Kings 17 if you would disregard God and his written word.

31. Presently some attorneys, and the majority of the Supreme Court of the United States, would apparently like you to believe that by being allowed to believe the Bible inside of church buildings (as long as some parts of the Bible are not much practised outside of church buildings in our public life) that the free exercise clause [the eleventh (11th) through the sixteenth (16th) words of the first (1st) amendment of America’s constitution] is being fulfilled.

32. That’s a partial fulfillment. If you may not practise the word of God in public life, that is a restriction. That is not freedom. That is limited. That therefore is not a free exercise. And pertaining to the scriptures, such a restriction dishonours God. If you are taught a good way in a building; but may not practise that without (outside of) the building, of what value is that? That has been rendered meaningless. God is not a person that is to be ignored. See Psalm 9:17.

33. Part of the lives of children growing up is playing. They can learn things, such as sharing, not hitting each other, saying that they are sorry when they do bad things, and various other lessons that they can apply to their lives then, and when they become adults.

34. Not to denigrate children that are playing, the effect that some of the decisions of the United States’ Supreme Court is having on Christianity and American public life is to basically keep Christianity in church buildings like little children playing in a sandbox. To take lessons learned from the Bible and apply them to the real world outside of church buildings is for some persons not something that they would welcome; for they are disobedient to God: they would rather do things their way, such as bilk the people, or commit various crimes or sins, or simply do things their way. They don’t desire the Bible to be taken seriously, and applied to the real world: it could disturb their way.

35. Such persons are impediments. They are not part of the solution. They are part of the problem.

36. Because of disobedience to God, some of the Jews (the Israelites of the southern kingdom of Judah, whose capital was Jerusalem) were taken captive to Babylon. After some of the Jews returned to the land of Israel, which was after an unpleasant experience, some of them learned a lesson. And they did something to improve their lives. For that you may consider Nehemiah 10:28-33. One of the lessons that can be learned from that scripture is that the people to day through our governments may, and ought to, advance religion, or the way of God, which to day is Christianity.

37. Too many of to day’s politicians won’t obey God to improve the lives of the people. (Apparently they won’t give the steering wheel over to God. They apparently would rather drive our society, whether that means recklessly damaging it or not. Consider Job 34:17,27 and Daniel 11:3.) But we the people need to live our lives according to the scriptures: otherwise consider that a bad people can get a bad ruler according to I Samuel 8. An obedient people will vote for better and godly politicians.

38. Regarding some reasons for my proposal to amend various portions of the preamble to the county’s charter, laying a better and godly foundation upon which the county’s government is to act is one reason. Some of the scriptures to support that are the following. Proverbs 3:5-6, I Corinthians 11:3, II Timothy 3:14-17, Luke 2:33, Mark 1:1, I John 5:7, Isaiah 40:28, Romans 13:1-10, Deuteronomy 10:12-13, Deuteronomy 28, Acts 5:29, Leviticus 26:3-4,14-17, Revelation 4:11, Genesis 1:1, and other scriptures.

39. Of the version that was on the petition and the one that was mailed to us voters, I found three (3) nonsubstantive differences. The charter provides for such corrections in § 12.11, which is under article XII. For this article I used the one that was posted and sent to us electors.

40. Before continuing, my thanks to the persons that worked on the charter, and that organised and paid for the circulation of the petition for it, even though I voted against that charter. Now that that document belongs to the people, my comments are presented to you the people (including the aforementioned persons) for your consideration for improving it.

41. Once when I was reading the charter’s preamble, I was struck by how it appeared. I’m sorry to say that it reminded me of selfish disobedient little children that had not been properly trained by their parents. It was about getting jobs without recognising the superior person that created the earth that we live off of. Seeking to get that which amounts to be God’s blessings some way other than God’s way is unseemly.

42. Concerning the preamble that is without an acknowledgment of God, we creatures ought to acknowledge our Creator. (See Proverbs 3:5-6.) The preamble expresses a financial desire. Of course money is part of our modern world. But to esteem money as highly as some esteem it, and to disregard the Creator when our county is as sinful as it is, is inappropriate. See Matthew 6:24.

43. That charter, like some other modern documents, misuses the word, create, and other familiar (related) words. Because only the Creator can create, it is improper to misuse those words. (You may consider Isaiah 40:25,28; 42:8; 43:3-7; and 45:12,21, and other scriptures.) For some charter examples you may see the following sections (§§) in addition to the preamble. 2.03(2), 2.04, 3.04(3), 3.11(b), 7.01, and 12.05. Although those sections ought to be appropriately amended, this article is basically about amending or correcting the preamble.

44. I don’t know as much about economics as much as some others. But based on some things that I have heard, I don’t necessarily think that it is the government’s job to make jobs for us. We pay taxes for the governments to govern. To govern they hire hirelings or employees. But to build a government for making jobs could place a greater tax burden on those that are not employed by that government, which (if that is true) is inconsistent with another part of the preamble. It could produce laziness among some of the peoples of our county such that they would expect job provisions. Don’t we have enough and too much of that now?

45. I attempted to keep the preamble basically as it was to honour the desires of those which worked on it and wrote it. But because of some things that I think are either wrong, or could be improved, I have some suggestions for the people to consider.

46. Concerning the fourth (4th) point of the original first (1st) paragraph, or the second (2nd) paragraph according to my proposal, a foundation was laid for treating all of our communities and citizens equally. Although such wording might have helped to get that charter elected by the voters, the people need truth, whether it hurts their feelings or not. (We all ought to welcome the truth about ourselves. I’m bald. I don’t like that. But I have learned to face the truth about myself regarding that, and other matters. See I Corinthians 11:28,31.) A society based on lies is inferior. (See John 1:1,14 and 17:17 and Matthew 7:24-29.)

47. Treating that to be equal which is demonstrably unequal is wrong. Although you personally might do that, to expect the people to bear the burdens of those that won’t do their part, or made bad decisions, isn’t fair to them. And if we are all equal, why do some persons move from one community to another seeking a better life? (God did not treat all nations or persons to be equal. See Deuteronomy 7:1-8 and Romans 9:13, and other scriptures. When some persons committed sins, they were to be punished by others that had not so sinned. To see that you may search the scriptures.) Lying to the people or misleading them is not improving our situation. I therefore promote honesty. And if any peoples or persons react untowardly when the truth is presented, that is an indicator that they are probably not part of the solution, but are part of the problem.

48. I think that part of that part about equity was about treating perverts (sodomites or homosexuals) to be equal to persons that are assaying (attempting) to live decent and godly lives. By looking at §§ 9.01 and 12.07(3) of the charter, one could see that by using the two (2) words, sexual orientation, there was an apparent attempt to treat sodomites to be equal to persons that seek to obey God. (Candidly I admit that simply because one has an orientation so called, that does not necessarily mean that the same shall cross the line by committing an act that is according to his orientation. But I wonder how many that have unnatural affections seek to obey God by abstaining.) Although those sections ought to be amended, presently I seek to correct the preamble by making it to promote obedience in the citizenry. (Copulative or erotic perversion is disobedience to God, and is grossly immoral.) For your information, sodomy is condemned in God’s divine law in Leviticus 18:22, which was confirmed in the new testament in Romans 1:25-27,32.

49. By seeking to please sodomites rather than or more than God in a meaningful way in a matter or more, (Consider Exodus 20:1-3.) the cities of Lakewood, (I’m sorry to say,) and Cleveland, and the county of Cuyahoga, may not rightly expect God to bless us presently, although he might for those which are living according to his commandments. The toleration of sodomy could present a safety issue when considered in the light of Genesis 19.

50. If you knew that there were persons that were bringing down your society, would you treat them to be your equals, or would you either expect them to act well, or punish them? Not punishing some of the guilty could become a practise that could be spread, and ruin our civilisation. See Psalm 33:4-5.

51. It is my opinion that we need to look to God’s standard, and order our society according to it. Those which oppose that apparently hate God. See Exodus 20:5.

52. Section 12.10 of the county’s charter simply states how the charter may be amended. It is the manner provided for by the state’s constitution. (See §§ 1, 1a, and 1g of article II of Ohio’s constitution, and § 1, and perhaps §§ 2 and 3, of article XVI of Ohio’s constitution.) If I understand that correctly, either the legislature (In our case I take that to be the county’s council.) may place it on the ballot, or it may be placed on the ballot by a circulated petition (by the people).

53. Because § 3 of article I of Ohio’s constitution allows citizens to instruct their representatives, you may contact your district councillor, after he or she (he) has been elected and enters the office; and make your proposal to your representative.

54. For circulating a petition, consider § 12.02 of the charter. You may also desire to read §§ 3501.38 and 3519.05 of title XXXV (35) of the Ohio Revised Code (O. R. C.). (The board of elections of the county might be able to give you some information.) Then the electors (we the people that are registered to vote) may decide for or against the proposed charter amendment by voting.

55. My thanks to you for taking the time to read and consider this proposal.

Edward M. McCartney

Lakewood, Ohio

Posted on December 9 anno Domini 2009.

This fifth (5th) edition was revised on January 10 A. D. 2010.

2009.12.09.3e.

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