I have been asked by quite a few people who I intend to vote for President in 2012. I tell them all that I am voting ABO, that is Anyone But Obama. I am really at the point that I do not believe that we can do much worse that this would be despot that now occupies the White House. He is a Marxist, a liar and a demagogue. So, I will vote for anyone running against him. That means I will vote for a Republican, any Republican. That does not mean that the eventual Republican candidate will necessarily be my all-time favorite candidate. Likely far from it, but any of them will be vastly superior to Obama. At this time, my favorite of the Republican candidates is Newt Gingrich. While he does have some baggage, he is clearly the smartest and best prepared person for the office of the Presidency. So, GO NEWT!
Ubuntu 11.04 is out and, while I am glad to get a updated version of my favorite Linux distribution, I am disappointed in one of the new changes. Ubuntu now ships with Unity as its default desktop. I HATE Unity. It is Linux for complete morons. I use Ubuntu because I love that it is a nice, polished, Debian based distro. For me that also means that it uses a mature desktop, such as GNOME or KDE or Xfce. I am definitely not in the mood to have a newcomer, immature, idiot desktop like Unity thrust upon me. I have been using Linux since 1996 and am way, Way, WAY beyond such a dumbed down desktop as Unity. I would have been happy to give GNOME3 a try, but they did not even present that as an install option – WHY NOT??? So, on Ubuntu 11.04 I chose the GNOME Classic desktop (GNOME 2.32) and pretend the other does not even exist. I am very disappointed in this and hope it is not the beginning of Canonical and Ubuntu moving away from me as a user. I will be taking some time now to test out the current build of some of the other Ubuntu derivatives such as Xubuntu and Kubuntu. I really do like good Debian based Linux distributions and Ubuntu has always been the best for me, but if they continue down this road and do not make sure they provide good options for the experienced power user class of folks, then I am not beyond changing to another Linux distribution and saying goodbye to Ubuntu. I believe that Unity will prove to be a fundamentally bad move for Ubuntu as its main choice of desktop.
It is finally here, the 2010 midterm elections. That a midterm election has become such a big deal is significant in its own right. However, the reason for that is even more significant. Frankly, the people are not happy – not in the least. The people have seen their country hijacked by Barack Hussein Obama and his Socialist cohorts in the Congress and do not like it one bit. The people have reawakened with a desire to return to constitutional governance after decades of freewheeling growth in the federal government. The people want their country back and they want the country, the Republic, that the Founding Fathers intended. From this passion has arose the TEA Party movement, and it is sweeping the country. What began primarily as a tax revolt, has turned into a greater political movement to return to the principles of our country’s founding and the Constitution. It is about time! If you have not gone out to vote yet, please do so. Exercise your right to vote and vote for the most conservative candidate you can.
House Minority Leader, John Boehner, delivers final opposition just prior to the disastrous health care bill vote in the House of Representatives on 03/21/2010. I am so proud of him. Among TRUE PATRIOTS, it may be remembered in the tradition of Patrick Henry’s “Give Me Liberty, or Give Me Death” speech.
It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, “Peace! Peace!” — but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!
THESE PEOPLE, THE DEMOCRATS IN CONGRESS, ARE DESTROYING THE REPUBLIC!!!!
IF YOU ARE A MEMBER OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY, SHAME, SHAME, SHAME ON YOU!!!!
YOU ARE JUST AS GUILTY OF DESTROYING THE AMERICAN REPUBLIC AS THEY ARE.
YOU, ALL OF YOU, WERE WILLING TO TRADE SECURITY FOR FREEDOM!!!!
YOU DESERVE NEITHER.
YOU HAVE BETRAYED THE REPUBLIC.
YOU HAVE BETRAYED OUR FOUNDING PRINCIPLES AND CONSTITUTION.
YOU HAVE BETRAYED THE HOPES AND DREAMS OF THE ENTIRE AMERICAN EXPERIMENT.
FOR THIS YOU SHALL NOT BE FORGIVEN!!!!
THIS IS WAR…
PREPARE TO BE DEFEATED IN NOVEMBER!!!!
I WILL SPEND THE REMAINDER OF MY DAYS IN THE EFFORT TO DESTROY THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY, AND ALL OTHER PROGRESSIVES AND SOCIALISTS IN AMERICA – WITHOUT REGARD TO PARTY, AND SEE THAT YOU ARE CAST UPON THE POLITICAL BONFIRES OF HISTORY.
I AM DEVOTED TO YOUR POLITICAL EXTERMINATION, FOR YOU ARE ALL POLITICAL VERMIN!!!!
At the “health care summit” the other day, while talking about his options to get the health care bill he is pushing through congress, President Obama made it clear that he would push it though in any way possible and that if folks did not like “that’s what elections are for”. Yes sir Mr. President! I got your message loud and clear! That is what elections are for!! Mr. President, I believe you must be the most arrogant and self centered leader America has ever had. You do not even care that you just double dared the American people to vote out your party in 2010 and you in 2012. Yes Sir! Message heard loud and clear! I have already early voted in the Republican Party primary here in Texas and am working doubly hard to vote your party and yourself into political oblivion. I hope you enjoy being a lame duck. QUACK! I wonder how many House Democrats facing reelection in November this year appreciated his comment?!? Majority of Americans now say NObama second term
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Constitutional Conservatism: A Statement for the 21st Century
We recommit ourselves to the ideas of the American Founding.Through the Constitution, the Founders created an enduring framework of limited government based on the rule of law. They sought to secure national independence, provide for economic opportunity, establish true religious liberty and maintain a flourishing society of republican self-government.
These principles define us as a country and inspire us as a people. They are responsible for a prosperous, just nation unlike any other in the world. They are our highest achievements, serving not only as powerful beacons to all who strive for freedom and seek self-government, but as warnings to tyrants and despots everywhere.
Each one of these founding ideas is presently under sustained attack. In recent decades, America’s principles have been undermined and redefined in our culture, our universities and our politics. The selfevident truths of 1776 have been supplanted by the notion that no such truths exist. The federal government today ignores the limits of the Constitution, which is increasingly dismissed as obsolete and irrelevant.
Some insist that America must change, cast off the old and put on the new. But where would this lead — forward or backward, up or down? Isn’t this idea of change an empty promise or even a dangerous deception?
The change we urgently need, a change consistent with the American ideal, is not movement away from but toward our founding principles. At this important time, we need a restatement of Constitutional conservatism grounded in the priceless principle of ordered liberty articulated in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
The conservatism of the Declaration asserts self-evident truths based on the laws of nature and nature’s God. It defends life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It traces authority to the consent of the governed. It recognizes man’s self-interest but also his capacity for virtue.
The conservatism of the Constitution limits government’s powers but ensures that government performs its proper job effectively. It refines popular will through the filter of representation. It provides checks and balances through the several branches of government and a federal republic.
A Constitutional conservatism unites all conservatives through the natural fusion provided by American principles. It reminds economic conservatives that morality is essential to limited government, social conservatives that unlimited government is a threat to moral self-government, and national security conservatives that energetic but responsible government is the key to America’s safety and leadership role in the world.
A Constitutional conservatism based on first principles provides the framework for a consistent and meaningful policy agenda.
It applies the principle of limited government based on the rule of law to every proposal.
It honors the central place of individual liberty in American politics and life.
It encourages free enterprise, the individual entrepreneur, and economic reforms grounded in market solutions.
It supports America’s national interest in advancing freedom and opposing tyranny in the world and prudently considers what we can and should do to that end.
It informs conservatism’s firm defense of family, neighborhood, community, and faith.
If we are to succeed in the critical political and policy battles ahead, we must be certain of our purpose.
We must begin by retaking and resolutely defending the high ground of America’s founding principles.
Principles of Liberty The 28 Great Ideas That Are Changing the World
Discover the 28 fundamental beliefs of the Founding Fathers which they said must be understood and perpetuated by every people who desired peace, prosperity, and freedom.
These beliefs have made possible more progress in 200 years than was made previously in over 5,000 years.
The following is a brief overview of the Principles found in The Five Thousand Year Leap, and one chapter is devotes to each of these 28 principles.
Principle 1 – The only reliable basis for sound government and just human relations is Natural Law.
Principle 2 – A free people cannot survive under a republican constitution unless they remain virtuous and morally strong.
“Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.” – Benjamin Franklin
Principle 3 – The most promising method of securing a virtuous people is to elect virtuous leaders.
“Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt. He therefore is the truest friend to the liberty of his country who tries most to promote its virtue, and who … will not suffer a man to be chosen into any office of power and trust who is not a wise and virtuous man.” – Samuel Adams
Principle 4 – Without religion the government of a free people cannot be maintained.
“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports…. And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion.” – George Washington
Principle 5 – All things were created by God, therefore upon him all mankind are equally dependent, and to him they are equally responsible.
The American Founding Fathers considered the existence of the Creator as the most fundamental premise underlying all self-evident truth. They felt a person who boasted he or she was an atheist had just simply failed to apply his or her divine capacity for reason and observation.
Principle 6 – All mankind were created equal.
The Founders knew that in these three ways, all mankind are theoretically treated as:
1. Equal before God.
2. Equal before the law.
3. Equal in their rights.
Principle 7 – The proper role of government is to protect equal rights, not provide equal things.
The Founders recognized that the people cannot delegate to their government any power except that which they have the lawful right to exercise themselves.
Principle 8 – Mankind are endowed by God with certain unalienable rights.
“Those rights, then, which God and nature have established, and are therefore called natural rights, such as are life and liberty, need not the aid of human laws to be more effectually invested in every man than they are; neither do they receive any additional strength when declared by the municipal [or state] laws to be inviolable. On the contrary, no human legislation has power to abridge or destroy them, unless the owner [of the right] shall himself commit some act that amounts to forfeiture.” – William Blackstone
Principle 9 – To protect human rights, God has revealed a code of divine law.
“The doctrines thus delivered we call the revealed or divine law, and they are to be found only in the Holy Scriptures. These precepts, when revealed, are found by comparison to be really a part of the original law of nature, as they tend in all their consequences to man’s felicity.” – William Blackstone
Principle 10 – The God-given right to govern is vested in the sovereign authority of the whole people.
“The fabric of American empire ought to rest on the solid basis of the consent of the people. The streams of national power ought to flow immediately from that pure, original fountain of all legislative authority.” – Alexander Hamilton
Principle 11 – The majority of the people may alter or abolish a government which has become tyrannical.
“Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes … but when a long train of abuses and usurpations … evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.” – Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence
Principle 12 – The United States of America shall be a republic.
“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America
and to the republic for which it stands….”
Principle 13 – A Constitution should protect the people from the frailties of their rulers.
“If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary…. [But lacking these] you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.” – James Madison
Principle 14 – Life and liberty are secure only so long as the rights of property are secure.
John Locke reasoned that God gave the earth and everything in it to the whole human family as a gift. Therefore the land, the sea, the acorns in the forest, the deer feeding in the meadow belong to everyone “in common.” However, the moment someone takes the trouble to change something from its original state of nature, that person has added his ingenuity or labor to make that change. Herein lies the secret to the origin of “property rights.”
Principle 15 – The highest level of prosperity occurs when there is a free-market economy and a minimum of government regulations.
Prosperity depends upon a climate of wholesome stimulation with four basic freedoms in operation:
1. The Freedom to try.
2. The Freedom to buy.
3. The Freedom to sell.
4. The Freedom to fail.
Principle 16 – The government should be separated into three branches.
“I call you to witness that I was the first member of the Congress who ventured to come out in public, as I did in January 1776, in my Thoughts on Government … in favor of a government with three branches and an independent judiciary. This pamphlet, you know, was very unpopular. No man appeared in public to support it but yourself.” – John Adams
Principle 17 – A system of checks and balances should be adopted to prevent the abuse of power by the different branches of government.
“It will not be denied that power is of an encroaching nature and that it ought to be effectually restrained from passing the limits assigned to it.” – James Madison
Principle 18 – The unalienable rights of the people are most likely to be preserved if the principles of government are set forth in a written Constitution.
The structure of the American system is set forth in the Constitution of the United States and the only weaknesses which have appeared are those which were allowed to creep in despite the Constitution.
Principle 19 – Only limited and carefully defined powers should be delegated to government, all others being retained by the people.
The Tenth Amendment is the most widely violated provision of the bill of rights. If it had been respected and enforced America would be an amazingly different country than it is today. This amendment provides:
“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
Principle 20 – Efficiency and dispatch require that the government operate according to the will of the majority, but constitutional provisions must be made to protect the rights of the minority.
“Every man, by consenting with others to make one body politic under one government, puts himself under an obligation to every one of that society to submit to the determination of the majority, and to be concluded [bound] by it.” – John Locke
Principle 21 – Strong local self-government is the keystone to preserving human freedom.
“The way to have good and safe government is not to trust it all to one, but to divide it among the many, distributing to every one exactly the functions he is competent [to perform best]. – Thomas Jefferson
Principle 22 – A free people should be governed by law and not by the whims of men.
“The end of law is not to abolish or restrain, but to preserve and enlarge freedom. For in all the states of created beings, capable of laws, where there is no law there is no freedom. For liberty is to be free from restraint and violence of others, which cannot be where there is no law.” – John Locke
Principle 23 – A free society cannot survive as a republic without a broad program of general education.
“They made an early provision by law that every town consisting of so many families should be always furnished with a grammar school. They made it a crime for such a town to be destitute of a grammar schoolmaster for a few months, and subjected it to a heavy penalty. So that the education of all ranks of people was made the care and expense of the public, in a manner that I believe has been unknown to any other people, ancient or modern. The consequences of these establishments we see and feel every day [written in 1765]. A native of America who cannot read and write is as rare … as a comet or an earthquake.” John Adams
Principle 24 – A free people will not survive unless they stay strong.
“To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.” – George Washington
Principle 25 – “Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations — entangling alliances with none.”- Thomas Jefferson, given in his first inaugural address.
Principle 26 – The core unit which determines the strength of any society is the family; therefore the government should foster and protect its integrity.
“There is certainly no country in the world where the tie of marriage is more respected than in America, or where conjugal happiness is more highly or worthily appreciated.” Alexis de Tocqueville
Principle 27 – The burden of debt is as destructive to human freedom as subjugation by conquest.
“We are bound to defray expenses [of the war] within our own time, and are unauthorized to burden posterity with them…. We shall all consider ourselves morally bound to pay them ourselves and consequently within the life [expectancy] of the majority.” – Thomas Jefferson
Principle 28 – The United States has a manifest destiny to eventually become a glorious example of God’s law under a restored Constitution that will inspire the entire human race.
The Founders sensed from the very beginning that they were on a divine mission. Their great disappointment was that it didn’t all come to pass in their day, but they knew that someday it would. John Adams wrote:
“I always consider the settlement of America with reverence and wonder, as the opening of a grand scene and design in Providence for the illumination of the ignorant, and the emancipation of the slavish part of mankind all over the earth.”
Source: over 150 volumes of the Founding Fathers original writings, minutes, letters, biographies, etc. distilled into The Five Thousand Year Leap, by W. Cleon Skousen, published by National Center for Constitutional Studies, 1981. 28 Principles adapted from LearnTheConstitution.com
I am currently reading The 5000 Year Leap by Willard Cleon Skousen. It teaches the principles by which the Founding Father constructed the United States of America. Also, I have have found an interesting study guide for the same book at theFORGOTTENMAN.ORG. The download for the study guide is here.