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October 12, 2020
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Elections are a core foundation of our American government. In ELECTIONS; David and Tim Barton pull back the curtain on this crucial process. By understanding where elections came from and how they work; you can help determine who will be in the room when our nation’s important decisions are made. During election season; the spotlight may be on the top contenders; but it’s really about the people! Tune into ELECTIONS on TBN to discover your role in this important election process.

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  • - Elections area core foundation
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  • of our American government.
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  • In the early days,political debates were held
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  • in theaters and lecture hallsacross America, like this one,
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  • drawing large crowds fromevery corner of society.
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  • Now we engage with thecandidates through TV screens
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  • and Twitter feeds, watchingas the elections unfold.
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  • - The spotlight may beon the top contenders,
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  • but it's reallyabout the people.
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  • Today, we're going totalk about our role
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  • in this importantelection process.
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  • - By understanding whereelections came from
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  • and how they work,you can help determine
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  • who will be in theroom when our nation's
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  • most important decisionsare being made.
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  • Today's law makers aretomorrow's history, shapers.
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  • I'm David Barton.
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  • - I'm Tim Barton, andthis is "Elections".
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  • (dramatic music)
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  • As we talk about elections,the real question is
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  • how do elections work?
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  • I mean, we know every coupleof years we vote for people,
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  • but how does that reallywork, and why is it
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  • that so often we go tovote and there's not really
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  • good candidates ornot people we like?
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  • How do we even get goodcandidates to the place
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  • where we can choosethem to be our leaders?
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  • As Christians, if we'regoing to be involved
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  • with the process, if we'regoing to elect Godly people,
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  • we need to know how dowe get Godly people there
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  • and how does this electionprocess even work?
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  • - Well, the electionprocess in America
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  • has gone througha lot of changes.
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  • When you go back to thevery first years of America,
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  • we came out of England,which was a system
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  • that really didn'thave elections.
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  • You had a king, and not onlywas the king hereditary,
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  • you didn't even have a voicein your church leaders.
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  • That was prettycommon in Europe.
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  • If you were in Germany,the national leader said,
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  • "Hey, we're all goingto be Lutherans."
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  • If you're in France,national leaders said,
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  • "We're all Catholics."
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  • If you're in England, "We'reall gonna be Anglicans."
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  • So the king wouldchoose the leaders
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  • over the stateestablished church.
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  • Well, those thatcame to America,
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  • a lot of them were outof the reformation,
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  • the back to the Bible movement,
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  • and the more they readthe scriptures they said,
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  • look, God allowed themto have elections,
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  • Exodus 18:21 and Deuteronomy.
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  • So when they get here,people like the pilgrims,
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  • they got here, they said,"Got a King, he's over there.
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  • We're havingelections over here."
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  • So they chose theirown governors,
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  • they chose eventheir own pastors,
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  • they chose their own leaders,and that became pretty common
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  • in America, and northerncolonies especially.
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  • They were into elections.
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  • So really, electionhistory starts a whole lot
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  • with New England anddevelops and goes forward.
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  • - Yeah, and even thisnotion of election,
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  • a lot of people think that well,
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  • if everybody gets tovote in an election,
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  • there must be a democracy there,
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  • but part of what we didin America that was unique
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  • is we elected officialsto represent us,
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  • because democracies kind of work
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  • when it's a smallgroup of people, right?
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  • If you are on a sportsteam or if you're the coach
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  • of a sports team and you say,
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  • "Hey, where do we wantto go out to eat?"
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  • All the kids say, "Well,I want to go here."
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  • You can have kind of thisdemocratic process vote,
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  • although I wouldalways default and say,
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  • "Yeah, but mom and dad orcoach really gets to choose
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  • if we care that much,"so there could be
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  • this monarch dictator involved,
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  • but you can have a democraticprocess if it's a small group.
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  • Once you start gettinghundreds or thousands
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  • or tens of thousands of people,
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  • having everybody voteon every specific detail
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  • becomes very burdensome, right?
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  • It's cumbersome, soit's easier to say,
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  • "Look for us hundred people,for us thousand people,
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  • let's elect somebody whocan go do that process
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  • and vote every day for us,represent us every day."
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  • This is part of what theydid in America, moving away.
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  • Again, this notion of democracy,
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  • not really whatwe do in America.
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  • We elect officials to representus as a republican system.
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  • That's a republicanform of government,
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  • and this is what we startedall the way back in Plymouth.
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  • This was veryunique in that time
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  • because nobody else wasdoing that at that time.
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  • You'd seen republics at otherperiods in world history,
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  • but not at that time.
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  • What we started inAmerica was very unique
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  • and largely based on the Bible,
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  • but the foundationreally grew beyond
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  • just voting for this personright here in front of you.
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  • Elections and ballotseven changed over time.
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  • - They did, and as you movefurther into American history,
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  • for example, youget to a Virginia,
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  • and Virginia, they werehaving elections in Virginia,
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  • and Virginia was one ofthe most populous states
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  • at that time, ofthe 13 colonies.
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  • They were a big state,and even the way
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  • they chose their governor,now, the people chose
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  • their representativesto the state government,
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  • but the people didn'tchoose the governor.
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  • The people they choseto the legislature
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  • are the ones whochose the governor.
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  • You take a famous governorout of American independence,
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  • somebody like Patrick Henry,
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  • he was elected governor fivetimes all by the legislature.
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  • The legislature gottogether and said,
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  • "Who do we want tobe our governor?
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  • Let's choose Patrick Henry."
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  • It wasn't the people thatchose governor Patrick Henry,
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  • it was the legislature,and by the way,
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  • not unlike what we seetoday, two of the five times
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  • that Henry waschosen for governor,
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  • he didn't even wantto be governor.
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  • As a matter of fact,he turned it down.
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  • They said, "You're governor.
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  • You've just been reelected."
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  • He said, "Nah, I'mnot going to do that."
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  • - Now, let's clarify,because who gets elected?
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  • Everybody, if youwant to be elected,
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  • you run for officeand you campaign.
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  • You're putting upsigns everywhere.
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  • That almost seems hypocritical.
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  • How do you get elected whenyou didn't want to be elected?
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  • - This is where ballotsare really fun back then.
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  • If you take New England again,you go into New England.
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  • Let's say we havea city election.
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  • We're going to have a mayorand we're going to have
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  • aldermen and we're going to have
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  • a state representativelegislature.
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  • What you would do is you'dgo into the ballot box
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  • with a blank pieceof paper and say,
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  • "I'm thinking ofeverybody I know.
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  • Who do I know that'dbe the best governor?"
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  • So I'd write down, Tim,you should be governor.
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  • What happens is theytake the ballots,
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  • they count them all upat the end and said,
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  • "Well, Tim, you've got themost votes for governor."
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  • We would go say,"Tim, the people choseyou to be governor."
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  • I wasn't even running.
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  • I didn't know.
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  • So it's really interesting thatthis is the Biblical model.
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  • You see it where that asthey're choosing deacons,
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  • the apostles say, "Hey, gochoose out from among you
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  • deacons, and get people whoare full of the Holy Spirit,
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  • and honest and integrityand hard workers."
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  • The people knowtheir best leaders.
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  • That's what happened inthose early elections.
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  • They would choose people,
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  • and you wouldn't evenknow you were running.
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  • One of the greatexamples is a guy who ran
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  • for President of the UnitedStates, didn't even want to,
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  • but his name was William Wirt.
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  • He was the attorney general,and the people came and said,
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  • "We've started a newparty, and we chose you
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  • to be our presidentialcandidate in the new party."
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  • He says, "Ah, thisparty is not gonna work.
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  • It's not going to last."
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  • But he felt like he had to.
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  • This is where it getsreally interesting.
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  • We taught back then intextbooks and school books,
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  • some of the greatesteducators in American history,
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  • Noah Webster, Benjamin Rush.
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  • They wrote that if the peoplechose you to serve them,
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  • you didn't say no, because Godput you here to serve others.
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  • He didn't put you hereto serve yourself.
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  • So if the people came and said,
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  • "Hey, we want you to beour state representative,"
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  • you say, "Well, if youthink that's the way
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  • I can best serve you, thenthat's what I will do."
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  • So they specificallysaid you are not
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  • to turn down office whenit's offered to you,
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  • because that is a ministry.
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  • The people have chosenyou to minister to them
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  • through government, andyou don't turn it down.
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  • So elections back thenwere quite different
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  • from what we see now.
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  • As a matter of fact, theyeven wrote in the textbooks
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  • that if someone putshimself forward for office,
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  • if someone says, "I'mgoing to run for office,"
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  • is that disqualified.
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  • That means they're proudand they're arrogant
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  • and you don't want that.
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  • Now, it's a different system now
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  • because we have morethan 300 million people.
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  • You can't just writeindividual names down,
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  • and count 300 million ballotsand say, who wins the most?
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  • So now we have a system that'sdeveloped with the elections
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  • where we have primariesand we have parties
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  • and we can choose, and peoplecan put themselves forward.
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  • But early elections inAmerica, it was all about
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  • being a public servant,and that's still
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  • the way it should be today,public servant mentality.
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  • - Even as we think aboutelections, one of the things
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  • that I know is challengingfor a lot of people is we say,
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  • "Okay, but now that there'smore than 300 million people
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  • in America, does it reallymatter that I vote?"
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  • Because there's somany people out there,
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  • does one vote really makethat big of a difference?
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  • Well, let's find out.
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  • - [Narrator] Doesyour vote count?
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  • Let's take a lookat the numbers.
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  • Only about one infour American adults
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  • vote to choose their federaland state legislators
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  • and their governors innon-presidential elections.
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  • 2.6% is all it tookfor a landslide win
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  • in a recent mayoral race inAmerica's Second largest city,
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  • where less than 10%of adults voted.
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  • Only three out of fourAmericans register to vote.
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  • Four out of 10 choose notto vote for the president.
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  • Thus, four out of every 10adults who are qualified
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  • to participate in the processvoluntarily refuse to do so.
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  • 5% of eligible voters electedthe mayor of Dallas, Texas
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  • in a recent election.
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  • Only 5%., and that's ina city with a population
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  • greater than 10 separateStates in the U.S.
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  • Only six out of every10 registered voters
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  • actually bother to votein presidential elections.
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  • This makes it possiblefor our nation's president
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  • to be selected by less thanone third of the population.
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  • Seven out of everyeight eligible voters
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  • do not vote for their governors,
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  • senators and representatives.
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  • Hard to believe, but innon-presidential elections,
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  • only about one infour American adults
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  • vote to choose theseelected officials,
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  • and since only a majorityof that one fourth
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  • is necessary toselect the winners,
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  • those numbers add up, whichbrings me to number nine.
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  • Nine out of 10 U.S.citizens 18 or older,
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  • have the right to vote,and yet tens of millions
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  • of Christians are noteven registered to vote.
  • 00:09:07.959 --> 00:09:10.795
  • At the end of the day,the votes that count
  • 00:09:10.795 --> 00:09:12.763
  • are the votes that get cast.
  • 00:09:12.763 --> 00:09:14.565
  • And yet 90 million eligiblevoters did not vote
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  • in the lastpresidential elections.
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  • That's 90 millionAmericans who decided
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  • their vote didn't count.
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  • So what will you decide?
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  • Does your vote count?
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  • - As you can see,your vote does count.
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  • We encourage youto do your research
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  • and get the facts on thosewho are running for office.
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  • This is your country andyour opinion matters,
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  • and you need to letyour voice be heard.
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  • - This is important for usas Americans to remember
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  • that we are in arepublic, where we choose
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  • and elect our officials,and it does matter
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  • that we are involvedin the process.
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  • Remember, we're also aconstitutional republic
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  • because everybody we electis still going to be bound
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  • by their state Constitutions,
  • 00:09:51.836 --> 00:09:53.004
  • bound by the U.S. Constitution.
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  • So we're not just choosingpeople to arbitrarily
  • 00:09:54.905 --> 00:09:56.841
  • go do whatever they want to do.
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  • There are standards, thereare boundaries around it,
  • 00:09:58.409 --> 00:10:00.811
  • but we the peopleare the ones who
  • 00:10:00.811 --> 00:10:02.847
  • help hold our electedofficials accountable.
  • 00:10:02.847 --> 00:10:04.849
  • - And actually we oftenhave several times a year
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  • where we can chooseour elected officials,
  • 00:10:07.551 --> 00:10:09.587
  • because a lot of times,city elections don't occur
  • 00:10:09.587 --> 00:10:12.123
  • when state or federalelections might,
  • 00:10:12.123 --> 00:10:14.125
  • and there are several stateswhere their state elections
  • 00:10:14.125 --> 00:10:16.293
  • don't occur whenfederal elections occur.
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  • And in other states youhave referendum elections.
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  • It doesn't matter.
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  • If there's anelection, a Christian
  • 00:10:22.233 --> 00:10:23.801
  • should be involved in it.
  • 00:10:23.801 --> 00:10:25.236
  • We are told we shouldbe salt and light.
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  • Well, we're not justsupposed to influence
  • 00:10:27.505 --> 00:10:29.507
  • just our family or just ourhome or just our church.
  • 00:10:29.507 --> 00:10:32.176
  • We need to influencethe entire culture,
  • 00:10:32.176 --> 00:10:35.246
  • and we do that throughwho we choose to office.
  • 00:10:35.246 --> 00:10:37.548
  • So the Bible tells us weshould have leaders of tens,
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  • fifties, hundreds,and thousands.
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  • We should be involvedin local elections,
  • 00:10:41.552 --> 00:10:43.454
  • school board, city,council, mayor.
  • 00:10:43.454 --> 00:10:45.256
  • We should be involvedin our county elections,
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  • county judge orwhatever we have.
  • 00:10:47.425 --> 00:10:49.360
  • We should be involvedin our state elections
  • 00:10:49.360 --> 00:10:51.262
  • and our federal elections,and as a Christian citizen,
  • 00:10:51.262 --> 00:10:54.031
  • to be a good steward of thiscountry that God has given us,
  • 00:10:54.031 --> 00:10:56.567
  • we need to be involvedat every level.
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  • - And according tothe Constitution,
  • 00:10:58.335 --> 00:10:59.770
  • the founding fathersactually allowed states
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  • to be over electionsfor their own state
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  • because the Constitutionsays that each state
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  • gets to determine thetime, place and manner
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  • of their elections.
  • 00:11:07.945 --> 00:11:09.146
  • - And because eachstate gets to determine
  • 00:11:09.146 --> 00:11:10.748
  • those time, places, and manners,
  • 00:11:10.748 --> 00:11:12.183
  • not all electionshappen in the same year,
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  • and not all elected officialshold their positions
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  • for the same length of time.
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  • This can get a little confusing.
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  • So to simplify it,here's a quick overview
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  • of the election cycle.
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  • - [Narrator] In theU.S., our elections fall
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  • in three major categories,federal, state, and municipal,
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  • which is sometimes called local.
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  • Here's how they work.
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  • Federal or nationalelections take place
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  • every even numbered year.
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  • Senators serve six year terms,
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  • the president servesa four year term,
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  • and congressional membersserve two year terms.
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  • Every two years, onethird of the Senate
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  • and the entire Houseof Representativesis up for election.
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  • And every four years, thepresident is on the ballot.
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  • The years when the presidentisn't up for election
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  • are called off yearor midterm elections.
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  • Every two yearelection is important,
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  • for in it, citizens chooseall 435 members of the House
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  • and one third of themembers of the Senate.
  • 00:12:05.703 --> 00:12:07.972
  • So each election gives thepeople a chance to decide
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  • which political party,Democrats or Republicans,
  • 00:12:10.574 --> 00:12:13.277
  • will hold a majority ineach chamber of Congress
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  • for the next two years,and they do the same
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  • with the presidentevery four years.
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  • Most state elections occuralong with federal elections,
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  • but a few states havetheir state elections
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  • in odd numbered years.
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  • Most members of stateHouses of Representatives
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  • serve two years, and mostgovernors and state senators
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  • serve four years.
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  • Some states alsoelect their judges,
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  • and often ballot initiatives
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  • or state constitutionalamendments are onthe same ballot.
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  • Then when it comes tomunicipal or local elections,
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  • they follow their own schedules.
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  • These are the elections inwhich we choose officials
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  • such as mayor, citycouncil, school board,
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  • sheriff or local judges.
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  • The length of officefor local officials
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  • are usually two orfour year terms,
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  • but local elections oftentake place at a different time
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  • than federal or state elections.
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  • Okay, that may seemlike a lot to remember,
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  • but really all youneed to know is when
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  • federal, state andlocal elections
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  • are happening in your area.
  • 00:13:08.199 --> 00:13:10.167
  • Each of these electionswill shape the environment
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  • in which you live, forthey determine the leaders
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  • who will govern you.
  • 00:13:14.872 --> 00:13:15.973
  • Their policies will affect you,
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  • whether you want them to or not.
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  • That's why it's so importantfor you to stay engaged
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  • in what's happeningwhere you live.
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  • Don't let anyelection pass you by.
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  • Stay informed andcast your vote.
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  • Remember, importantelections happen every year
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  • and sometimes morethan once a year,
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  • but only one in fourAmericans actually vote
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  • in a non-presidential election.
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  • That's not good.
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  • You can be part ofchanging that statistic.
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  • - In looking at elections,one of the questions
  • 00:13:43.033 --> 00:13:44.335
  • we need to ask is how dowe actually get people
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  • to the process we're votingfor them as a candidate?
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  • We know in America,there's political parties,
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  • and political partiesare usually the means
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  • by where we choose, I likethe candidate from this party,
  • 00:13:53.911 --> 00:13:56.513
  • I'm voting for that party,I'm voting for that candidate,
  • 00:13:56.513 --> 00:13:59.083
  • but how do parties really form,
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  • and is it the best way to do it?
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  • - You know, parties are notreally often what we think of.
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  • We've come to organizedstructures today
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  • with candidates and lots ofmoney and all over the nation.
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  • Parties are really whenpeople have a common interest
  • 00:14:11.061 --> 00:14:14.098
  • and they come togetherto advance that interest.
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  • So it might be atthe city level.
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  • We want the way that they dothe dog catching thing changed,
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  • and there's 500 in thecity that want it changed,
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  • and we're coalescingto change that policy.
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  • You have now startedinto politics
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  • because you're changing policy,and I can't get the guys
  • 00:14:27.711 --> 00:14:30.314
  • to do what I want, so I'mgoing to recruit people
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  • for office who will changethe way they do dog catching.
  • 00:14:32.483 --> 00:14:34.785
  • I am now into politics.
  • 00:14:34.785 --> 00:14:36.253
  • - I've got a buddy whocould do a much better job
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  • than that guy there.
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  • I'm going to recruit my buddy
  • 00:14:38.989 --> 00:14:40.224
  • and I'm going toget all my friends
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  • and we're going tovote for my buddy.
  • 00:14:41.492 --> 00:14:42.626
  • Well, that's howpolitics really happens.
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  • Once you get enough of yourfriends together to say,
  • 00:14:44.595 --> 00:14:46.330
  • "We're going to startdoing something,"
  • 00:14:46.330 --> 00:14:47.698
  • that's how oftentimesparties are formed,
  • 00:14:47.698 --> 00:14:49.700
  • based on a certainpolicy issue or position
  • 00:14:49.700 --> 00:14:52.503
  • that you want to seesomething changed,
  • 00:14:52.503 --> 00:14:54.305
  • or you want to add somethingthat's not currently there.
  • 00:14:54.305 --> 00:14:57.541
  • Really it's just acoalition, a group of people,
  • 00:14:57.541 --> 00:15:00.077
  • collective body coming togetherthat have common values,
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  • and they're trying topromote those values.
  • 00:15:03.113 --> 00:15:05.215
  • That's where politicalparties really originate.
  • 00:15:05.215 --> 00:15:07.818
  • - It's going to bealmost impossible
  • 00:15:07.818 --> 00:15:09.253
  • not to have political parties,because you have people
  • 00:15:09.253 --> 00:15:11.455
  • with contrasting viewson virtually everything.
  • 00:15:11.455 --> 00:15:14.024
  • If you're in church,you know that you've got
  • 00:15:14.024 --> 00:15:15.993
  • political parties in your church
  • 00:15:15.993 --> 00:15:17.461
  • just over whatthe deacons choose
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  • and how they're goingto do whatever it is.
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  • People have positions theywant to hold and see advance,
  • 00:15:21.231 --> 00:15:23.901
  • and that's whereparties come from.
  • 00:15:23.901 --> 00:15:25.469
  • Now, the significant part ofit is that now in America,
  • 00:15:25.469 --> 00:15:29.440
  • we really have used statelaws to give parties a place
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  • in how to choosetheir candidates
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  • and how to move theircandidates forward.
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  • With there being twoprimary parties in America,
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  • there's really about17 different parties
  • 00:15:39.083 --> 00:15:40.918
  • that are identified in America,
  • 00:15:40.918 --> 00:15:42.219
  • but there's two primary parties,
  • 00:15:42.219 --> 00:15:43.787
  • the states saywhatever your party is,
  • 00:15:43.787 --> 00:15:45.990
  • here's how you moveyour candidates forward.
  • 00:15:45.990 --> 00:15:47.825
  • So what we do now,rather than voting
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  • on the entirestatewide candidates,
  • 00:15:50.294 --> 00:15:52.396
  • we have primarieswhere we say, okay,
  • 00:15:52.396 --> 00:15:54.798
  • the Republican's have got acandidate or the Democrats
  • 00:15:54.798 --> 00:15:56.934
  • or the Green party orConstitution, whatever.
  • 00:15:56.934 --> 00:15:59.870
  • So your folks get togetherand choose the people
  • 00:15:59.870 --> 00:16:02.539
  • that you think bestrepresents what you stand for,
  • 00:16:02.539 --> 00:16:05.275
  • and they will go intoa general election
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  • where they'll face thecandidates from other parties,
  • 00:16:07.177 --> 00:16:09.346
  • and that's how the wholestate or the whole city,
  • 00:16:09.346 --> 00:16:11.715
  • or the whole nationwill get a choice.
  • 00:16:11.715 --> 00:16:13.584
  • But it starts withthat primary process,
  • 00:16:13.584 --> 00:16:15.786
  • which is reallybuilt around parties.
  • 00:16:15.786 --> 00:16:17.321
  • - Yeah, and this issomething we see a lot.
  • 00:16:17.321 --> 00:16:19.423
  • If you look atpresidential elections,
  • 00:16:19.423 --> 00:16:20.924
  • you'll see sometimes thaton the Republican side,
  • 00:16:20.924 --> 00:16:22.893
  • on the Democratside, they'll have
  • 00:16:22.893 --> 00:16:24.528
  • 12, 15, 20 different peoplerunning for president.
  • 00:16:24.528 --> 00:16:28.132
  • It's because insideof political parties,
  • 00:16:28.132 --> 00:16:29.900
  • you do have different factions.
  • 00:16:29.900 --> 00:16:31.502
  • You have people thathave different thingsthey value more,
  • 00:16:31.502 --> 00:16:33.937
  • or different prioritiesthat they think
  • 00:16:33.937 --> 00:16:35.572
  • are more importantthan something else,
  • 00:16:35.572 --> 00:16:36.774
  • so they willnominate a candidate
  • 00:16:36.774 --> 00:16:38.475
  • they think best representswhat is most important to them,
  • 00:16:38.475 --> 00:16:41.512
  • their value system.
  • 00:16:41.512 --> 00:16:43.013
  • So inside of the party,there will be an election
  • 00:16:43.013 --> 00:16:45.015
  • inside the party.
  • 00:16:45.015 --> 00:16:46.250
  • The election insidethe party will choose
  • 00:16:46.250 --> 00:16:47.751
  • who ultimately is goingto be the primary winner.
  • 00:16:47.751 --> 00:16:50.054
  • The primary is theelection within the party,
  • 00:16:50.054 --> 00:16:52.423
  • and then the primary winnersfrom the different party
  • 00:16:52.423 --> 00:16:54.591
  • will face each other inthe general election.
  • 00:16:54.591 --> 00:16:57.161
  • That's where the wholenation gets to vote
  • 00:16:57.161 --> 00:16:59.496
  • for the winner betweenthe different parties.
  • 00:16:59.496 --> 00:17:01.598
  • As mentioned, there'smultiple parties in America,
  • 00:17:01.598 --> 00:17:03.867
  • but there's really twolarge parties in America.
  • 00:17:03.867 --> 00:17:07.438
  • From that, there's severalways you can have an impact
  • 00:17:07.438 --> 00:17:09.807
  • in the political process.
  • 00:17:09.807 --> 00:17:11.508
  • Part of it is saying,do you know what?
  • 00:17:11.508 --> 00:17:13.310
  • I want to make sure thatwhatever party I'm a part of,
  • 00:17:13.310 --> 00:17:15.779
  • and we'll talk aboutparties a little later
  • 00:17:15.779 --> 00:17:17.815
  • and how we need to make surethat we're aligning ourselves
  • 00:17:17.815 --> 00:17:20.117
  • with parties that have thesame core values that we have.
  • 00:17:20.117 --> 00:17:23.854
  • With that being said, insideof our party, we might say,
  • 00:17:23.854 --> 00:17:26.757
  • "I really think we needsomeone who looks like this,
  • 00:17:26.757 --> 00:17:29.860
  • this character, this value,this nature, this integrity,"
  • 00:17:29.860 --> 00:17:32.763
  • and we will putthat person forward
  • 00:17:32.763 --> 00:17:34.898
  • and we can encourageother people in our party,
  • 00:17:34.898 --> 00:17:36.333
  • "We need to votefor this person."
  • 00:17:36.333 --> 00:17:37.835
  • Well, the first waywe can get involved
  • 00:17:37.835 --> 00:17:39.336
  • in the election processreally is in that primary,
  • 00:17:39.336 --> 00:17:42.139
  • and partly in helpingfind good candidates,
  • 00:17:42.139 --> 00:17:44.975
  • we can recruit them toactually run for office.
  • 00:17:44.975 --> 00:17:47.010
  • - That really is keybecause a lot of times,
  • 00:17:47.010 --> 00:17:49.046
  • if you wait untilthe general election,
  • 00:17:49.046 --> 00:17:50.747
  • which is when all theprimary processes occurred,
  • 00:17:50.747 --> 00:17:53.217
  • all the parties have hadtheir inner party fights.
  • 00:17:53.217 --> 00:17:55.552
  • You now have just two orthree or four candidates
  • 00:17:55.552 --> 00:17:57.621
  • at the final election.
  • 00:17:57.621 --> 00:17:58.922
  • A lot of times youlook at it and say,
  • 00:17:58.922 --> 00:18:00.057
  • "Oh my gosh, I've got a choice
  • 00:18:00.057 --> 00:18:01.358
  • between the bad and the worse."
  • 00:18:01.358 --> 00:18:03.660
  • Well, I can almostcertainly guarantee you
  • 00:18:03.660 --> 00:18:05.195
  • that back in theearly primary process,
  • 00:18:05.195 --> 00:18:07.498
  • there was probably a good person
  • 00:18:07.498 --> 00:18:09.600
  • in each party thatgot eliminated.
  • 00:18:09.600 --> 00:18:12.069
  • So if you want to have a choice
  • 00:18:12.069 --> 00:18:13.537
  • between the good and thebetter at the final election,
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  • you need to get involvedin the primaries
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  • and help the goodpeople move forward,
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  • and not just wait tosee what comes out
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  • of the process at the end.
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  • So it's really important forChristian citizens to say,
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  • "I'm going to beinvolved in every level.
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  • I want to be salt and light.
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  • I want to make sure the bestcandidates get to the end,
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  • that we have the best choices."
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  • That comes from being involvedin that primary process.
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  • - This is something, too,that I would encourage.
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  • If we're looking atpolitics in general
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  • and we feel like politicsis just so dirty,
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  • and by the way, we kindof feel like it is too.
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  • Well, part of how weimprove that is saying,
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  • "Then we need Godly people."
  • 00:18:47.004 --> 00:18:48.505
  • We need righteous people whoare going to be in office,
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  • who can do Godly andrighteous things.
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  • Where do we find Godlyand righteous people?
  • 00:18:52.643 --> 00:18:55.045
  • Hopefully in your church, right,
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  • which is where, if we're goingto recruit people for office,
  • 00:18:57.047 --> 00:18:59.016
  • we say, then where should Ifind these people to recruit?
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  • Let me look inside my church.
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  • Let me see who isdoing a really good job
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  • serving and loving?
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  • They have theirlife put together
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  • and their finances are in order.
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  • Those are the kinds ofpeople we want to be
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  • leaders representing us.
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  • Well, once we haverecruited those candidates,
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  • once we've voted in the primary
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  • and now it gets to the general,
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  • this is where it'salso interesting.
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  • In America, stateshave authority
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  • of how they're going toconduct their elections.
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  • Not in the sense of theycan't try to trick it
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  • and make it hard for peopleand do different nuances
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  • that are reallyillegal in that regard,
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  • but they do have, whatthe Constitution says,
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  • is the time, place andmanner they can choose.
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  • So not every statevotes on the same day,
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  • not every state has the pollingplaces in the same location.
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  • There is some freedomthat states get,
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  • given the Constitution.
  • 00:19:46.997 --> 00:19:48.665
  • - There are severalways you can do this,
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  • because states do have the time,places and manners mandate.
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  • Some states will have a primary.
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  • Some states will have a caucus.
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  • Some states will havea closed primary,
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  • which means you have tobe registered in a party
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  • to vote in that primary, somewill have an open primary
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  • that says you're a citizen,just choose which primary
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  • you want to be part of,which party, choose that.
  • 00:20:07.384 --> 00:20:09.586
  • Some will have a jungleprimary where all the parties
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  • put all theircandidates on the ballot
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  • and the top two will make itinto the final runoff election
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  • and you'll chooseone of those two.
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  • This is also where stateshave it incumbent on them
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  • to protect thewill of the voters.
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  • That's where you have voterfraud laws or voter ID laws
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  • or other kind of lawsthat come in that say,
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  • hey, we want to makesure that when you vote,
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  • your vote goes towhere it's supposed to.
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  • We don't want 10 peoplevoting with your name.
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  • This is whereelection laws come in.
  • 00:20:34.945 --> 00:20:37.347
  • There are a lotof laws in states
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  • to protect theintegrity of the ballot.
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  • - As Christians, we shouldbe concerned with integrity
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  • because truth is a big partof what we should believe.
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  • We know that Jesussaid he was the way,
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  • the truth and the life.
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  • Truth should be important to us,
  • 00:20:49.326 --> 00:20:50.794
  • which means integrityshould be important to us.
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  • I think no matter what politicalparty we affiliate with,
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  • we would say, no, wewant it to be a truthful,
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  • honest election, and thisis why in many states
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  • they will pass laws sayingyou need to show an ID
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  • to verify you are theactual person voting here.
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  • That's why there's evensome concern in states
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  • where there's mail in ballots.
  • 00:21:11.148 --> 00:21:13.650
  • Mail in ballots make alot of sense for people
  • 00:21:13.650 --> 00:21:15.519
  • that are physically notcapable of going in,
  • 00:21:15.519 --> 00:21:17.654
  • or maybe you're out of state,
  • 00:21:17.654 --> 00:21:18.922
  • and military guysthat are deployed.
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  • There's a lot ofcases it makes sense
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  • that you want a mail in ballot.
  • 00:21:22.526 --> 00:21:23.927
  • But you still want to make sure
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  • that with the mail inballot, we are preserving
  • 00:21:25.696 --> 00:21:27.831
  • the integrity and notallowing people who are not
  • 00:21:27.831 --> 00:21:31.802
  • who they say they are inthis ballot to be voting,
  • 00:21:31.802 --> 00:21:34.871
  • to cheat and sway the election.
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  • The Constitution says wethe people are in charge.
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  • We want to make sure weare the ones individually,
  • 00:21:39.609 --> 00:21:43.013
  • us Americans, determiningwho wins the election.
  • 00:21:43.013 --> 00:21:45.716
  • Not some outside power,not somebody in a basement
  • 00:21:45.716 --> 00:21:48.618
  • who's cheating, writing inlots of names on ballots.
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  • We want to make sure there'san honest, upright system
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  • so that we canactually be in charge
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  • of choosing those leaders.
  • 00:21:55.926 --> 00:21:57.160
  • - This really goesback to stewardship.
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  • I mean, you've got to remember,
  • 00:21:58.829 --> 00:21:59.963
  • civil governmentis given by God.
  • 00:21:59.963 --> 00:22:02.165
  • It is his institution.
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  • In America, we have tried toapply more Biblical principles
  • 00:22:03.967 --> 00:22:07.170
  • of what civil governmentshould look like
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  • than many other nations.
  • 00:22:08.638 --> 00:22:10.107
  • So this is not a secularthing that we do when we vote.
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  • This is really asacred trust from God.
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  • He has put us to be stewardsover the civil government
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  • that he ordained.
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  • He's the one who ordainedcivil government.
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  • So when we look atthis, we can't just say,
  • 00:22:21.618 --> 00:22:23.920
  • "I hate politics, I'mnot getting involved."
  • 00:22:23.920 --> 00:22:26.022
  • No, no, no.
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  • If you hate politics,definitely get involved
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  • and help change politicsto make them better.
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  • If we walk away fromthings, they only get worse.
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  • It's only when we engage andmove forward with the values
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  • and with really the visionthat God has given us
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  • for civil government that wecan really make a difference
  • 00:22:38.802 --> 00:22:41.371
  • in changing ourcounties, our cities,
  • 00:22:41.371 --> 00:22:43.540
  • our state, and our nation.
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  • - [Narrator] The civil arenacan be an intimidating place,
  • 00:22:45.342 --> 00:22:47.911
  • but the more informed you are,
  • 00:22:47.911 --> 00:22:49.379
  • the more empowered youwill be to get involved.
  • 00:22:49.379 --> 00:22:51.715
  • Voting is not just a right,it's a responsibility.
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  • As Christians, weare called to steward
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  • the nation God has placed us in,
  • 00:22:56.920 --> 00:22:58.822
  • but stewardship starts longbefore you head to the polls.
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  • First, remember this.
  • 00:23:02.025 --> 00:23:03.560
  • Choose principles over party.
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  • Look at what the Biblesays about education, life,
  • 00:23:05.929 --> 00:23:09.032
  • economics, marriage, family,immigration, religious liberty,
  • 00:23:09.032 --> 00:23:13.437
  • and then choose theparty and the candidates
  • 00:23:13.437 --> 00:23:15.372
  • that best mirror those values.
  • 00:23:15.372 --> 00:23:17.307
  • Principles over party.
  • 00:23:17.307 --> 00:23:19.075
  • Second, it'simportant to support
  • 00:23:19.075 --> 00:23:21.011
  • the good quality candidatesrunning for public office.
  • 00:23:21.011 --> 00:23:24.114
  • Although the candidate whostands for Godly values
  • 00:23:24.114 --> 00:23:26.516
  • may often be bullied,belittled, attacked,
  • 00:23:26.516 --> 00:23:29.019
  • or ignored by themedia, this is not
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  • an insurmountable problem.
  • 00:23:31.121 --> 00:23:32.589
  • A candidate canovercome the media
  • 00:23:32.589 --> 00:23:34.324
  • with a strong grassrootsteam lifting him up.
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  • So when you find a goodcandidate, get involved.
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  • Offer whatever financialsupport you can.
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  • Volunteer some of your time,
  • 00:23:41.998 --> 00:23:43.600
  • even if it's onlyan hour or two.
  • 00:23:43.600 --> 00:23:45.469
  • Voice and show your supportfor those candidates
  • 00:23:45.469 --> 00:23:47.904
  • in the community.
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  • Vote at all primariesand main elections.
  • 00:23:49.139 --> 00:23:51.541
  • Call or write his or heroffice to let them know
  • 00:23:51.541 --> 00:23:54.077
  • that you supportwhat they're doing.
  • 00:23:54.077 --> 00:23:55.779
  • Unfortunately, too fewChristians communicate directly
  • 00:23:55.779 --> 00:23:59.149
  • with those electedto represent them.
  • 00:23:59.149 --> 00:24:01.117
  • Politicians are constantlymaking decisions
  • 00:24:01.117 --> 00:24:03.353
  • that will affect yourcity, state, and country,
  • 00:24:03.353 --> 00:24:06.089
  • and a well-writtenletter or email
  • 00:24:06.089 --> 00:24:07.958
  • can have more impactthan you can imagine.
  • 00:24:07.958 --> 00:24:10.360
  • Third, once you have becomeactive as an individual,
  • 00:24:10.360 --> 00:24:13.230
  • it may be time tolead community change.
  • 00:24:13.230 --> 00:24:15.765
  • Yes, you.
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  • Gather others whobelieve as you do
  • 00:24:17.033 --> 00:24:18.768
  • and start a local groupin your community.
  • 00:24:18.768 --> 00:24:21.071
  • Effective changemost often comes
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  • through well organizedand well led groups
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  • that represent a bodyof the electorate.
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  • Finally, pray.
  • 00:24:27.677 --> 00:24:29.179
  • Become active in prayingfor leaders and officials
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  • at all levels, asinstructed in I Timothy 2,
  • 00:24:31.381 --> 00:24:34.451
  • verses 1 through 4.
  • 00:24:34.451 --> 00:24:35.785
  • Pray for electedofficials, issues,
  • 00:24:35.785 --> 00:24:37.954
  • court cases, andpotential candidates.
  • 00:24:37.954 --> 00:24:40.123
  • There is power in prayer.
  • 00:24:40.123 --> 00:24:41.758
  • As a foundingfather, John Hancock
  • 00:24:41.758 --> 00:24:43.727
  • wisely challenged Christiancitizens in his day.
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  • I urge you by all that isdear, by all that is honorable,
  • 00:24:46.663 --> 00:24:50.300
  • by all that is sacred,not only that ye pray,
  • 00:24:50.300 --> 00:24:53.303
  • but that ye act.
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  • Do all four ofthese action steps,
  • 00:24:54.604 --> 00:24:56.339
  • and you can shape the futureof your city, state and nation.
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  • It's time to put yourinfluence to work
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  • through electionseason and beyond.
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  • - A big election is approaching,
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  • and some major decisionsare about to be made.
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  • Voting is one of ourmost important rights
  • 00:25:09.085 --> 00:25:10.987
  • and responsibilitiesas U.S. citizens.
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  • This next election willultimately determine
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  • who makes the callson all the issues
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  • that you and I carethe most about.
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  • In this upcoming election,
  • 00:25:18.261 --> 00:25:19.763
  • your voice and your vote counts.
  • 00:25:19.763 --> 00:25:21.965
  • - The president who takesoffice will have the opportunity
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  • to make some majordecisions this term
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  • that will impactgenerations to come.
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  • The one third of theSenate we vote into office
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  • this election willdetermine just how far
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  • that next president can goin making those decisions.
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  • All of the House ofRepresentatives seats
  • 00:25:37.480 --> 00:25:38.949
  • will be up for grabs,so this is the year
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  • to show up and vote your values.
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  • - We have a chance to shapehistory, one vote at a time.
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