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The 28 Great Ideas That Are Changing the World

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

Currently Reading…

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.

Ronald Reagan, 1964 GOP Convention Speech

K5WLF – Heavy Weather

K5WLF discusses some useful WX watching resources.

Heavy Weather

After reading this blog post, I tried installing the GR Level 3 weather radar program K5WLF mentions on an Ubuntu system via Wine (the Windows emulator). It works!

Bill – WA5PB

Scott Brown Wins in Massachusetts!!!

Scott Brown Wins in Massachusetts!!!

Scott Brown Wins in Massachusetts!!!

CNN Rips Obama!!!

More on the Texas Gubernatorial Debate, from the Sand Hill Philosopher

More comments on the Texas Gubernatorial Debate, from the Sand Hill Philosopher.

Texas Governor’s Debate: How The Candidates Scored on the Key Points

The Texas Gubernatorial Race, advice to a candidate

This last Thursday night, I listened to the Republican candidates for Governor have their first public debate. The current governor of Texas is Rick Perry, who has held the position for nine years. In my estimation, he has been a good governor and the State of Texas has done well under his leadership. I went into that debate very strongly in support of Rick, still am, and realising that he was the one with the bullseye painted on him being the incumbent. In the current political atmosphere, incumbency is not the political advantage that it typically is. The debate was with Kay Bailey Hutchinson, Texas Senior US Senator, and Debra Medina, a relative newcomer to politics at this level and generally representative of the 9-12/Tea Party movement positions. What can I say? I was very disappointed in Rick’s performance. So much so, that the next morning I sent a very agitated email to a friend of mine who happens to also be one of the regional campaign managers for Rick Perry expressing my displeasure. It is not a pleasant thing to see a candidate you support not adequately defend himself in a debate. After some conversations with my friend, I now understand more of what happened. Rick Perry is a good man, and he was in his mind trying to be a gentleman and not appear to be rude or beating up on two women. While that is generally admirable, it is BAD politics. Politics is a no-holds-barred cage match for one’s political life. And it is not just one’s own political life, but also the hopes and expectations of one’s supporters. Disappointing or embarrassing one’s own supports is also BAD politics. My advice to Rick Perry, whom I still support, GET OVER IT! Your major opponent is Kay Bailey Hutchinson. You need to not be afraid to bloody her nose. Go after her with all you got! Go after her on her senatorial record! Go after her on the fact that she is lying about being truly PRO-LIFE, that her message on this subject changes based on whom she is talking to. Her position in the debate that rolling back Roe v. Wade would make the abortion situation in this country worse was appalling and a clear signal that she is NOT PRO-LIFE. You should take that issue and flog her with it. Go after her for being a RINO (Republican In Name Only). Now, what about the other candidate Debra Medina? Her position on taxation is flawed and she is inexperienced, nevertheless you need to treat her and her consistency as allies. They are your CONSERVATIVE BASE! Do nothing to appear to be attacking her personally or her supporters, such would be a dire mistake. You want to appear as much like her, a constitutional conservative, as possible. Any why not, since those have been your typical positions anyway. Do not allow Debra to split up the conservative vote, instead court that vote. Rick, you do must three things. Emphasise how well Texas is doing – which you did do in the debate but brag on Texans for that fact, make Debra Medina and her allies your friends – address their concerns as they are much of the conservative base that has reawakened and will re-elect you if you will let them, and go after Kay Bailey Hutchinson with bare knuckles, no-holds-barred ferocity – the true conservative base does NOT want her as governor or even to remain as US Senator. One other thing, DO NOT shy away from strong support of Texas Sovereignty as it is a winning issue for you. It is a position you have stated many times and to hedge on it in the debate was a mistake. OWN that position! It is what your conservative base believes and loves. Remember, we are TEXANS FIRST AND ALWAYS. Why should you care in the least about those who do not believe it? In Texas, the only people who are stridently opposed to emphasising Texas Sovereignty are liberals who will not be voting for you anyway. You have everything to gain with this issue and nothing to lose. This is just advice from one of the many in the conservative base in Texas that do like much of what Debra Medina stands for but understands that she is not yet ready for the governorship and who believes that you should remain and be OUR governor. Now, get after it!

Ricky Perry for Texas Governor

SDFARC – the Amateur Radio Club

Here on there are nearly 2000 clearly identified and active Amateur Radio operators.  That is a great base of users from which to draw an active membership of the newly forming SDFARC – the Amateur Radio Club.  There has been a fair amount of interest shown so far, even with the relatively limited word that has been put out about it.  It is hoped that this organisation will be able to be an international Amateur Radio Club that will serve the interests of Amateur Radio Operators who are members of  We are planning on having nets, starting out by using echolink (see the growing list of echolink repeaters we are using:, but hope to expand our communications to also include HF, CW, and other modes. If you are a Ham and already an member, please consider joining us. Find our discussions about SDFARC on the shell bboard Amateur sig, or on the SDFARC webforum. If you are just a visitor to my blog but are interested. Please visit the WA5PB Ham Website to find out more about becoming a licensed Amateur Radio Operator. Also, please visit to learn how to join the best online community on the Internet.

Bill – WA5PB
The WA5PB Amateur Radio & Unix Webpages

baby steps to getting healthier

Well, my day went pretty well with the eating. Kept it low cal and healthy during the day for breakfast, lunch, and intervening snacks. However, had a BIG supper as I was hungry. On the other hand, I will not do any late night eating. Nothing else for me other than zero cal drinkables until morning. Biggest goal of the day today was to not touch any candy or chocolate, SUCCESS on that one! 😀

I still need to get the calorie counting and exercise program going. I am beginning this with baby steps.

It’s a start.

Happy New Year, 2010!

Happy New Year, 2010! Here is wishing the best and blessings to everyone for the new year. 2009 was a year of challenges for me, but who grows without challenges? No regrets, but I do hope to do better in the new year. My aims are to reclaim my health, get back to living in a less haphazard way, and to devote more time to my family. Things I really enjoyed about 2009 were that I took on a new job at work, that I had more travel and vacation time with my wife, my activities with TAARC, I became politically active in a formal way, and that I discovered the SDF community. Here is to 2010. Cheers!

40 years since the beginning of time(2)!

I was reading bboard on SDF this morning and discovered that user kickmule had posted a link to a blog pointing out that this January 1, 2010 is the 4oth anniversary of the Unix system call time(2) which has been faithfully counting the seconds for all of us since January 1, 1970.  So, Happy B-Day to time(2)!
Happy Birthday time(2)!

Also, here is a link to kickmule’s blog on SDF, very nice!