In 1776, Adam Smith in "The Wealth of Nations" theorized that "When institutions protect the liberty of individuals, greater prosperity results for all." Institutions are significant national practices, rules or organizations that frame the environment in which goods are produced. Institutions help determine acceptable behavior and establish the incentives that stimulate or prevent economic growth.
The 50th anniversary of Barry Goldwater's clarion call for liberty acceptance speech for the Republican nomination passed this week. In a modern world where politicians talk, but their words are hollow, listening to Goldwater's message a half a century later is like a drink of fresh water. But the words were no less scary to politicians less than a year from President Kennedy's assassination.
A friend reminded me yesterday that the latest Freedom Index is out. You can see it in both pdf and an online version. The Freedom Index "rates congressmen based on their adherence to constitutional principles of limited government, fiscal responsibility, national sovereignty, and a traditional foreign policy of avoiding foreign entanglements. "
All authority comes from the individuals and is provided to their representatives in government through an expressed powers document called a constitution. The understanding that all authority for government actions comes from the people individually is the fourth most important principle of freedom and the cornerstone of true freedom.
Fifty years ago, when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. addressed a crowd of 250,000 people gathered in Washington, DC, he called on the people of the various states, and the government of these united States to live up to the principles espoused in the Declaration of Independence. But it was not, as many have falsely claimed, a call for “civil” rights.
The mask is off. All pretense has been dropped, and the anti-Christian left’s boundless depth of hatred for individual liberty, our First Amendment and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) is now on full display.
Hans Christian Andersen’s fable of the Emperor’s New Clothes, is a perfect paradigm of life today in the fiefdom that is the American police state, only instead of an imperial president spending money wantonly on lavish vacations, entertainment, and questionable government programs aimed at amassing greater power, Andersen presents us with a vain and thoughtless emperor, concerned only with satisfying his own needs at the expense of his people.
There is a Creator God and He determines right and wrong, good and evil… not man. This is the most important foundational principle of law and justice. If this principle is not understood as absolute, undeniable truth, one could conclude that every principle in our founding charter, The Declaration of Independence is a lie.
Governments, like currency, require legitimacy to stay in power. If citizens don't believe in the control of the government, then the government will lose its power. This is why our government is studying the genesis of political movements aimed at large-scale political and economic change. As released by The Guardian, the Department of Defense is spending millions to study civil unrest, viral activism and models "of the dynamics of social movement mobilization and contagions."
A prophet of old once said “my people perish for lack of knowledge.” Today, our stunning lack of knowledge of what it is we’re really celebrating this weekend means we could be the generation that sees liberty perish in America.Next Page »
"We don't intend to turn the Republican Party over to the traitors in the battle just ended. We will have no more of those candidates who are pledged to the same goals as our opposition and who seek our support. Turning the party over to the so-called moderates wouldn't make any sense at all." - Ronald Reagan, Nov. 10, 1964