Should the Group in a Legislator’s District That Got Him Elected Monitor Votes, and Recruit Someone to Run Against Him in the Next Primary if He Starts Voting Wrong?

This question is slightly complicated, but here is the breakdown. So a legislator is elected by a certain group of people, which means that there is pressure upon this legislator to support the actual ideas and beliefs that he said he was for. But what if he begins voting on things that do not support his supposed ideas? Is the question above a yes or no?

In my opinion, I believe mostly yes. The group in a legislator’s district that got a legislator elected should be able to monitor votes, and recruit someone to run against him in the next primary if he starts “voting” wrong. Well the people who got him elected should be able to hold him accountable, which is by monitoring his votes. People do have a responsibility to ensure that who they elected is actually accountable and holds up to what they say they would do.

Also if this legislator goes completely against what he says he would do if he is in this position, the people who got him elected should be able to recruit someone else to run against this legislator in the next primary. Also if the people do not agree with this legislator any more for other reasons they should also be able to recruit someone to run against him. 

This in my opinion is crucial in holding legislators accountable, or anyone who is in a position of power accountable.

One or More Possible Roles Plants Could Play in the Future of Humanity? How are These Roles Different Than What Occurred in the Past?

Plants are very, and I mean very, important to humanity. As humans we consume plants, and we also use plants for things other than consumption. Since plants are so very important, what are one or more roles plants could play in the future of humanity? How are these roles different from what occurred in the past?

There are thousands of plant species, and most of these plants have not yet been explored when it comes to use. Who knows, maybe in the future we will discover new species of plants which are nutritious, sustainable to grow, etc, which can be used for food, or other various reasons. Also who knows maybe in the future we will find plants which can be replacements for other plants which are not very sustainable to grow. 

How are these roles of plants different from what occurred in the past? Plants especially the ones that us humans consume are quite a bit different than how they were before. Now with the rise of chemicals being used on plants, and the scientific modification of plants. Also plants today have a far wider range of uses than before, which is due to the technological advancement today.

Calvin’s Main Point in the Selection I Read From the Institutes of the Christian Religion

John Calvin(1509-1564), was an important figure during the Protestant Reformation. Calvin’s teachings were similar to Luther’s, but he went more beyond than Luther had. Calvin was well written, and his most famous work is his book: Institutes of the Christian Religion. In this book, Calvin emphasized many points, but his main point(at least from the selection I read), is predestination.

Predestination is the doctrine in which God has eternally chosen those he wants to save. Which in short means that individuals who have been predestined for hell will not have a chance or hope to ever receive salvation. Individuals who are predestined to go to heaven are forced to take this salvation. 

Predestination is the main point I noticed from the selection I read from the Institutes of the Christian Religion, by John Calvin.

What was the Importance of Ethics and Sanctions in the Story Noah and the Flood

God created laws, which have sanctions if one chooses to follow or not follow these laws. In the story of Noah and the Flood(which is in Genesis 6-9), the sanctions of disobeying God are clearly shown. But what was the Importance of Ethics and Sanctions in the story Noah and the Flood?

Before the flood itself man had grown to disobey God’s word; instead of following God and His word, instead they followed their heart. God saw all the sin and evil that was being done by man; this grieved Him. Because of the evils that were done by man he sent a judgement, which was the flood. The flood would destroy the whole world. God decided to spare the only righteous man in the world, Noah, and his family(which includes his wife, sons, and his sons’ wives). Noah was instructed by God to build a giant Ark(which is a giant boat). After this Ark was completed Noah was thus instructed to get a pair of each species(one female and one male), of animals on earth, and take them into his Ark. 

After the doors of the Ark were shut, the flood began. It rained for forty days and forty nights; the water reached mountainous heights. It took over a year for Noah, his family, and all the animals to be able to leave the Ark. After the flood God made a covenant to Noah that He would never again send a flood to destroy the world again. The sign of this that God gave was a rainbow.

When it comes to the importance of ethics and sanctions in the story of Noah and the Flood, I see that the ethics before the flood itself of man were quite low. Man at the time had a low standard for morality, which grieved God. As a judgement or punishment God sent a flood which would destroy the world, and kill all humans except for Noah and his family. The flood is the negative sanction which was a sanction to the sinfulness of man.

In conclusion this is my explanation of the importance of ethics and sanctions in the story Noah and the Flood.

Luther’s Main Point in the Selection I Read From On the Freedom of a Christian

The Protestant Reformation; a time of religious change, and opposition to the Catholic church. The individual who was one of the main instigators of the Protestant Reformation was a man named Martin Luther(1483-1546). One of Luther’s important reforming treatises is, On the Freedom of a Christian. But what was Luther’s main point in the selection I read from this religious and reforming treatise?

Luther was very against many of the doctrines of the Catholic Church, including the doctrine of works-based salvation. He gets into why he was against this doctrine more in his treatise: On the Freedom of a Christian. In this treatise he states strongly that salvation can only be obtained by faith alone not by good works. 

In conclusion, the instigation of the Protestant Reformation led to the divide of Christianity, and in turn brought forth the creation of new Christian sects other than Catholicism.

Should the Police be Allowed to Enforce a Politician’s Verbal Restriction Against Making a Video of Him at an Open Meeting

Say someone wants to make a video of a politician during an open meeting, but the politician creates a verbal restriction against any videos which may be made of him during the open meeting. The way he most likely would enforce this restriction is through the police. Should the police be allowed to enforce the politician’s verbal restriction, even though the meeting is an open one, and it is not legal to enforce this form of restriction?

Before diving in and answering this question first it is best to explain what is the main job or duty of the government: which is to protect the rights of the citizens. The main job of the police is to enforce this protection. But say if a politician allows the police to enforce his restriction against making a video of him that goes against the freedom(this does not go for every country), of speech and press.

Back to the question. The answer to the question above is no. The police should not be allowed to enforce a politician’s verbal restriction against making a video of him at an open meeting. This goes against the public’s protection or freedom of the press. This is pretty obvious, but why would a politician want this form of restriction to be enforced? Today is a time of social media, and the ability to broadcast and spread information is more at our fingertips than before. This ultimately means that politicians will now be easily held more accountable for their actions and what they say, which puts them at risk if they are proven accountable. It seems that politicians, at least most of them, do not exactly want to be held accountable.

In conclusion, my answer to the question: should the police be allowed to enforce a politician’s verbal restriction against making a video of him at an open meeting, is no. At least in the legal perspective. 

The Element of Hierarchy in Genesis 1-3

This week of English I had to explain the element of hierarchy in Genesis 1-3. I had to keep in mind Adam’s relation to God, Eve’s relation to Adam and God, and the Serpent’s relation to Adam, Eve, and God. Before diving in, hierarchy means in short: the system in which peoples or groups are ranked one above the other which is determined from status or authority.

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. After He created all the animals of the world; and on the sixth day of creation, He created man, from His own image. This all occurred in seven days. Clearly, this shows that God is the highest power in the universe; He is above all of His creation. He is on top of the hierarchy.

Adam, as I stated above, was created in God’s own image, on the sixth day of creation. God put Adam above all the animals. Later on, God stated that it was not good for Adam to be alone, thus he created a woman, who was called Eve, to be Adam’s companion. Adam and Eve were allowed to eat the fruit of every tree, except for a single certain tree. This particular tree had the power to give the knowledge of good and evil.

The Serpent in Genesis 1-3, was the most scheming and crafty of the animals of God’s creation. In short, the Serpent tempted Eve to eat the fruit of the forbidden tree. After Eve consumed the fruit she persuaded Adam to do the same. This brought forth the beginning of original sin. God punished Adam and Eve and cursed the Serpent after all had been done.

Thus the hierarchy remained similar after Adam and Eve’s disobedience, yet it was different. God was above everything and everyone, man was above all the animals. But instead of men and women being placed as equals, instead women were placed below men. Hence this was the element of hierarchy in Genesis 1-3.

My Clep Experience

Well there is a lot to cover in this post, hence why I have separated the post into a few sections. To begin I did the CLEP exam on July 22nd, and it was the Western Civilization 1 exam. It was stressful, and I mean really stressful. Studying for it was and actually doing the exam was stressful. But at the end of the day it is such a relief to get any exam over with and to pass any exam, also knowing the fact that this exam will save me money and time when it comes to higher education is also refreshing and worthwhile. The reason why I decided to write this post is because I have noticed that there are not a whole lot of videos, posts, etc on CLEP, and what to expect with these exams. Hopefully this post may help or give some insight to someone who is planning to take the exam. This is just my experience with the exam, you will most likely have a different experience than I did. Just wanted to put that out there.

How I Studied

The way I studied was by using a western civilization textbook, and my already written down notes from the Western Civilization 1 course I did from the Ron Paul Curriculum. Guys, taking a school course of a certain subject before doing an exam on the same subject was really helpful for me. Also I used the Ron Paul Curriculum CLEP/AP cram course on Western Civilization 1, which really helped me get started with the studying process. On writing notes some people write notes on flashcards others don’t. I was the person that didn’t use flashcards. I just used a decent sized notebook so all my notes would be compact and not separate. I just didn’t want to deal with losing any flashcards which would be a disaster for me! That’s basically how I studied.


What I Learned

I mean specifically what I learned from the process before taking the exam:

1: the first thing I learned is the fact that there are not a whole lot of testing centers(the place where you take a CLEP exam), in Canada. There are only a few places in Canada that actually provide CLEP. So it’s best to figure out if your area has a testing center that provides CLEP if you live in Canada. I don’t know about the US but I believe there are more providers of the exam there.

2: The number of questions on a CLEP exam may not be exactly 80 questions. Let me explain: on any source basically on CLEP it states that the exam consists of 80 questions, and you must get 50 right to pass the exam. Well when I did my exam the exam itself had over a hundred questions, which was shocking! I believe that the 80 questions thing is the scoring system. Even if your CLEP exam has over a hundred questions if you get a 50 or higher score that means you still passed; its the scoring system not the number of questions you got right.

3: Studying is really hard and stressful. At least it was for me. Studying for a CLEP exam was a mind numbing, exhausting, stressful, and not a pleasant experience for me. Maybe that was due to the exam I had to study for, but still studying for an exam is not fun at all.

4: the last and final main thing I learned from the whole experience is to take breaks, and to not over push yourself in the studying process. This is self explanatory.

Bonus: actually when I took I break from writing this post I also remembered one last thing that I learned from the experience. Take a break from all your other school work! Just focus on studying for the exam. This goes especially for people who are home schooled, and who do school over the summer. Worrying over the essays you have to write during the week does not benefit your studying and how well you do on the exam.

What I Would Do Differently

In short, meaning what I would do different next time I take a CLEP exam(which is pretty soon actually). Well there isn’t a whole lot I would do differently the second time around, I mean even though last time I felt like I wasn’t doing anything right, now looking back I see myself doing very similar things when I do it again. The first thing I would do differently probably is not be so hard on myself; some days if I couldn’t get a whole lot of studying in I would feel pretty annoyed with myself. Even though I knew that the day I was to take the exam wasn’t even booked yet, and because I am home schooled that means I can take anything school related at my own pace. Well the only thing I would do differently is to be not so hard on myself.

Conclusion

To conclude this, I would like to say to anyone who plans to take CLEP exams is: you can do it! That sounds motivational am I right lol. But on a serious note you can really do it, even when you think you can’t. Study hard, take practice tests, and you have a high chance for success! I should actually end this post now, history is calling my way.

Thank you for reading!

-Dreamer

Update

July for me was a crazy and busy month for a few reasons, hence why I have not posted in a little bit(I really didn’t check how many days I haven’t posted). The first reason for my lack of posting was studying and doing my first CLEP exam(which was the Western Civilization 1 exam), which was quite difficult to study for. But I did it and its over now thank goodness. I will be getting into my CLEP experience more in the next post I will make. Also since I am done with that CLEP exam I have been getting my life back together, studying for an exam put my schedule in complete disarray. But those things are neither here nor there.

A thing that I have been introducing back into my life is reading. I mean I have been reading the whole month; I have been reading my textbooks and notes, if that counts, which ultimately fried my brain. A book I just finished recently was, Six of Crows. I am not huge on fantasy, but Six of Crows, my goodness was actually a worthwhile read. I might post a summary on the book in the near future, if I have time. Now I am rereading Jane Eyre, which is one of my all time favorites. I can’t believe I have forgotten how good the book was! Before closing this post I will like add, actually I have nothing more to add; well I have nothing more to write about, so I guess I will end the post here.

I hope ya’ll are doing well and enjoying your summer, thanks for reading!

-Dreamer

Btw: has anyone been watching the Olympics?

How Could Voluntary Arrangements Solve This Problem if the State Did Not Impose the Politics of Plunder

For the past while for the government course I have been doing I have been reading: How to Argue with a Liberal and Win! This has been very interesting and insightful. Moving on to the main topic of the essay, my teacher wanted me to pick any chapter from the book. The chapter I chose is called: Government Should Control Prices but Not the People. After choosing a chapter now I must figure out this: how could voluntary arrangements solve this problem if the state did not impose the politics of plunder.

Well first of all how is it possible for the government to not control people but control prices? The answer is absolutely not. Controlling prices basically controls the prices of services or products that businesses sell, also it controls how much people have to pay for services or products. Hence price controls are people controls.

But how could voluntary arrangements solve this problem if the state did not impose the politics of plunder? Well the first thing you can do is budget. With budgeting you have limits on how much you spend on services or items. 

In conclusion, this is my answer to: “how could voluntary arrangements solve this problem if the state did not impose the politics of plunder,” through the book chapter: Government Should Control Prices but Not the People, from the book: Argue with a Liberal and Win!