On this day 233 years ago, the United States of America legally separated from Great Britain to become a free and independent State. Read the Declaration of Independence to remember why!
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We learned in the previous article that we have a Republican form of Government, a government ruled by law. The basis of our Government is held in the words found in the Declaration of Independence.
“… they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed …”
And, this forms the basis of my political beliefs! From these words, I have developed the “Three P’s of Government” which define the proper role of government.
Three P’s of Government
Protect Life – The government must protect the citizens it represents.
Preserve Liberty – The government must preserve the freedoms of it’s citizens.
Permit the Pursuit of Happiness – The government must allow it’s citizens to pursue happiness.
I apply each of these to a government action to determine whether the action is appropriate or not. If the action is in opposition to any of them, then the action is inappropriate. In most cases, an action will apply to at least two of these.
For example, let’s take the issue of banning fireworks, something that is very common in Southern California.
Protect Life – Banning fireworks does protect life and property. This very reason is why the bans were proposed.
Preserve Liberty – Banning fireworks takes away a freedom. Law-abiding citizens are no longer free to use fireworks if they so choose.
Permit the Pursuit of Happiness – Banning fireworks does not really apply here. One could stretch it and say that the ban prevents them from “being happy”, but that is not what is meant by “pursuit of happiness”.
So, “banning fireworks” is not appropriate because it takes away a freedom from it’s citizens even though it may protect lives and property.
Now, this seems pretty simplistic and limits the role of government. And, that is exactly the point. The role of government in our daily lives must be limited and, applying the “Three P’s of Government” consistently, we can achieve that.
Is America a Democracy or a Republic?
I believe many today will say they believe America is a Democracy. And, in many cases, it seems that way. However, America is a Republic.
The following video does a good job of explaining the differences between the common forms of government. And, it helps to remind all of us that America is a Republic.
The American Form Of Government
Please watch the video above. And, if you want to learn more, please read the following.
Declaration of Independence
(This should be mandatory reading for everyone. I try to read this every Fourth of July.)
Constitution of the United States
(This should be mandatory reading for everyone. I have read this several times.)
Journal of the Constitutional Convention of 1787
(I have read many parts of this historical record from James Madison.)
The Federalist Papers
(I have read many of the articles that make up the collection.)
The economic crisis that is now crippling the world clearly started in the U.S. And, as the Japanese owner of the company I work for acknowledged, it was specifically the failure of the subprime mortgages.
The question as to who is to blame for the subprime mortgage mess is constantly debated. The media has clearly tried to point the finger at President Bush and the Republicans.
In an attempt to provide a more complete picture, I am including the following.
The rest of these links help support the statements made in the above article.
CRA Regulatory Change – 1995
First Union Press Release – October, 20, 1997
Andrew Cuomo – Affirmative Action “lending” – April 6, 1998
HUD Press Release 00-45 – March 2, 2000
It is clear from the above that the problems started during the tenure of President Clinton. However, it is also clear that President Bush did very little, if anything, to prevent the impending crisis.
But, more importantly, it doesn’t matter who is at fault. In the end, we will pay!!! Whether it is bailing companies out for making bad decisions or, as stated in the previous article, it is bailing out Legislatures who fail to manage the State’s budget, it is the taxpayer who will lose!!!
Once again, Chuck Norris echoes my sentiments in the article, “Atheists’ national holiday?”.
The atheists are on the attack this year. And, what are they attacking? Religion and, more specifically, Christianity. Why can’t they just say they believe there is “no god” without attacking religion?
It’s the same with many who believe in evolution. They can’t just say they believe in evolution. They have to attack Christianity. For example, some have taken a Christian symbol and modified it, mocking Christianity.
Christian symbol –>
Darwin symbol –>
And, as Mr. Norris points out, society appears to have no problem when it is religion that is attacked. However, if you make any comment about a “minority” group that is considered an attack, it is front page news.
It is time for those who believe to make these inconsistencies apparent to others. You don’t have to attack back, just point out the disparities that exist. If we don’t stand now, we will kept down in the future.
Yes, it’s cliché, but it’s the truth. Jesus is the reason for the season!
So, as we begin this Christmas season, listen to the song below and wish everyone a Merry Christmas.
Because, it’s called Christmas With A Capital “C”.
Today, I give thanks to God Almighty for all the blessings of life I enjoy; a loving wife, three wonderful children, a caring family, and the means to sustain it all. More importantly, He has given me the choice of spending eternity with Him which I have taken by accepting Jesus as His Son, my Savior and Lord!
Now, for the political side of the story …
Chuck Norris poses the question today, “Is the government’s observance of Thanksgiving a violation of the separation of church and state?” (Read his entire letter here.)
My simple answer … NO!
The First Amendment reads:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
I highlighted the first phrase because, it seems that for the last 60 plus years, it has been virtually ignored by those who echo the mantra “separation of Church and State”. The focus has been on a letter written by Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptists.
I challenge all who read this to read the First Amendment very carefully and then read the letter and history of the letter used to erect the “wall of separation” that has grown over these last 60 plus years. Then, decide for yourself what you believe is correct.
I have taken that challenge. And, you know where I stand!
Here are the necessary links …
- First Amendment – American Library Association, USConstitution.net
- Jefferson’s Letter – As Sent, Article by James Hutson
Also, you can read all of the Thanksgiving Proclamations given by Presidents and the Continental Congress here.
It is amazing how many people want our money.
The Federal and State Governments – depending on where you live – take our money and give it away like there is no tomorrow. As this article suggests, we are treated like an ATM.
And, in these financially difficult times, what does the Government do with the money the take from us?
First, they bail out various financial institutions to prevent them from failing, with Citigroup being the latest. Then, we have the Big 3 Auto Makers asking for their chunk of the pie. Now, we have California and Ohio asking for a chunk of the Federal Pie since what they are taking is apparently not enough.
I favor the tax cut. With a tax cut, I get to keep more of my money with every paycheck. This will give me some breathing room in my budget. A stimulus check will give me a one-time chunk of money that does not help my month-to-month budget.
Let us keep more of our money!
I keep seeing this video when I go to the movies. Whether they are members of the National Guard or any of the Armed Services, soldiers deserve our support and respect. They, like Policemen and Firemen, are often putting their lives in danger for us!
Here is a great video for us to reflect on.