Since Oct 18, 2000
By grace, Born Again Christian - after graduating college as a state indoctrinated atheist from Michigan.
Moved to Texas in the early ‘80’s to work on pioneering a global distributed computing platform for a Fortune 100 high-tech corporation 1.
BS in Computer Science, MBA with Highest Honors, and PMP (Project Management Professional - like a CPA for managing projects, portfolios, and programs).
1 Nerd speak: 24 x 7 x 365 global system of mainframes, mini’s, and desktops - networked by satellites, terrestrial, and LANs - with hypertext, distributed database transactions, LAN storage, and eMail - all before any company to my knowledge had anything close to a fully integrated global system to address every aspect of people, process, and technology.
Our form of government, a Constitutional Republic, is only legitimate when administering very specific duties based on rights granted to each individual by God (Natural Rights).
This governments authority is limited to a small, enumerated subset of Natural Rights, delegated by individuals in the proper manner to a government that is subordinated and accountable to citizens.
Don't know if I should publish this...I tried to downplay some answers: