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Tulsi Gabbard Addressed 2024 South Carolina Conservative Conference

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Thursday, March 23, 2023

Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard speaks during the fourth U.S. Democratic presidential candidates 2020 election debate in Westerville, Ohio, U.S., October 15, 2019. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton


Two Points:

One greater, one lesser.
The greater first.

Former Hawaii Congressional Representative Tulsi Gabbard made some salient points in her address yesterday (3/18) at the Vision ’24 National Conservative Forum, an event held by the South Carolina Conservative Conference at the North Charleston Convention Center, which was co-sponsored by the Heritage Foundation. However, in the approximately 2-minute video excerpt which she tweeted, what she failed to mention (because it is automatically understood, and is the law) on the topic of hiring, is that the hiring ABSOLUTELY IS considering the qualifications of individuals/applicants, and hiring decisions ARE NOT being made EXCLUSIVELY based upon immutable characteristics, such as race, ethnicity, identity, etc.

When given 2 identical & equally-qualified applicants, and 1 is a group member whose group has been historically under-trodden & discriminated against, while the other is not, the choice should be FOR the qualified applicant who is a member whose group has been historically under-trodden & discriminated against. That is a simple matter of reparative/restorative Justice, and a concept cited numerous times in the Judeo/Christian Scriptures, most notably in the Old Testament. It is not alien to other religions, for that matter.

An additional point worth noting is that this nation is NOT a “Christian” nation, pe se, insofar as our government is not a theocratic one, meaning that it is not based upon a religion — even though the majority of the nation’s inhabitants may identify as “Christian.” And when anyone mentions the word “god,” the first thought that enters many peoples’ minds is the Christian religion.

Tulsi Gabbard, of course, is a Hindu, which is a polytheistic religion.

Further, it should be noted that this nation’s Founders wrote specifically several times, and in various ways, that America is NOT a Christian nation, and specifically emphasized that neither is it founded upon any religion.

• 1787 — The “No Religious Test” clause in the Constitution, Article VI, clause 3

“…no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”

— “At the federal constitutional convention, on August 20, 1787, Charles Pinckney introduced a prohibition on religious tests. The convention voted to adopt the final version of Pinckney’s proposal on August 30, 1787 with the journal recording the vote as unanimous, and James Madison’s notes recording North Carolina as the only “NO” vote on the Article as a whole.”
SEE: https://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution-conan/article-6/clause-3/historical-background-on-the-religious-test-clause

• 1791 — The Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, adopted December 15, 1791

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion…”

• 1797 — Article 11 of the “Treaty of Peace and Friendship between the United States of America and the Bey and Subjects of Tripoli of Barbary” from the 5th Congress, 1st Session, Communicated to the Senate May 26, 1797, which was signed unanimously by the Senate — and reads as follows:

“As the government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion,-as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion or tranquility of Musselmen,-and as the said States never have entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mehomitan nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.”

• 1802 — Thomas Jefferson’s “Letter to Danbury Baptists” dated January 1, 1802, mentioning a “wall of separation” between church and state

“…the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” thus building a wall of separation between Church & State.”

Tulsi Gabbard is promoted to Major in the United States Army.

The minor matter is a mistake that many, if not most, make when mentioning, or referring to the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Proper protocol states, that when referencing individuals “of the cloth,” i.e., religious figures, etc., the title (“Reverend,” in MLK’s case) should be stated FIRST because it is a “HIGHER CALLING,” per se, and therefore, for that reason, deserves first acknowledgement. So again, it is the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. — NOT “Doctor King,” etc.

I appreciate many — but not all — of the things Tulsi Gabbard has said about our nation, its policies, practices, and politics. And I appreciate her voluntary service in the Army as an officer & graduate of the Alabama Military Academy.

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