Wednesday, July 23, 2008

5th-9th Principles of Liberty...Oh, Just Read It and Get It Over With...

You might be wondering where in the world did Cleon Skousen come up with these ideas. Simple really, he used over 150 volumes of the Founding Fathers original writings, minutes, letters, biographies and the like. And that's how The 5000 Year Leap was written.

Now we know the rest of the story...yea right, in my dreams maybe.

In the fourth principle, I learned that the Founders believed that all religions could relate to 5 basic truths, and that these truths are part of natural law. Today I read the 5th-9th ideas of liberty. I will cover each principle.

5th Principle
"All Things Were Created by God, Therefore upon Him All Mankind are Equally Dependent, and to Him They are Equally Responsible."

John Locke, was one of the philosophers which inspired our Founding Fathers. He said that if a person calls himself an 'atheist" then that person is merely confessing that he has never dealt with the issue of the Creator's existence.

All things point to the fact that there is a God. Besides, "nothing can't make something". George Washington, on 67 separate occasions acknowledged the hand of God during the Revolutionary War.

6th Principle
"All Men are Created Equal"

Obviously we are not all equal as to how we look, the things we have, our likes and dislikes. However there are ways in which all mankind is equal.

1. We are all treated as equals in the sight of God.
2. We are equal in the sight of the law.
3. We are equal in the protection of our rights.

I read something funny under the heading for "What It Means to Have Equal "Rights". There is a list and then it comes to, "At the pulpit, to enjoy freedom of religion." and then "At the podium, to enjoy freedom of speech." So it's the pulpit at church and the podium for everything else.

It's hard to read that all men are created equal, yet slavery was ongoing at that time. If we are created equal, then we should be given equal opportunities for growth, but not expect equal results. We should have equal freedom, but not expect equal capacity. We are provided with equal rights but not with equal possessions. We should be provided equal protection but not equal status. We ought to have equal educational opportunities but not expect the same grades.

7th Principle
"The Proper Role of Government is to Protect Equal Rights, Not provide Equal Things."

These wonderful people (everyone has hangup's) who helped create our nation recognized that the people cannot delegate to their government the power to do anything except that which they have the lawful right to do themselves.

How many times has this been violated? Take from the haves and give to the have nots. It's wrong. I see this now. Liberty does come with inequality, otherwise there is no liberty. The founders wanted to guarantee the equal protection of all the people's rights and thus insure that all would have the freedom to proser. Which means there will be rich and poor.

Sadly I think the government has hindered people with the welfare system. I really felt that the wlefare system that we saw so over used in New Orleans was just another form of slavery. Why live a moral and virtuous life when your city officals aren't. See principle 3.

Here's a few words little used in the American ethic today: hard work, frugality, thrift, and compassion. Franklin said in a letter to someone in England that the provisions for the poor were encouraging idleness.

There's "calculated" compassion, and there's "counter-productive" compassion. The later breeds debilitating dependency and weakness. I wonder if this is the plan.

"By excluding the national government from intervening in the local affairs of the people, the Founders felt they were protecting the unalienable rights of the people from abuse by an over-aggresive government."

8th Principle
"Men are Endowed by Their Creator with Certain Unalienable Rights."

Our Founder's did not believe that kings, emperors, or governments bestowed the basic rights of mankind. They knew these rights to be gifts endowed by the Creator. Exclusively from God.

These unalienable rights are also called natural rights. No one can take these rights from us without being subject to God's justice. Oh, I just wonder how many times I step on the unalienable rights of our children when I'm acting as dictator.

Vested rights are created by government for our protection or well-being. So long as these are rights that we can give away. And provided we aren't having our properties taken to give to others with less.

Our three most know unalienable rights are;
1. life
2. liberty
3. pursuit of happiness

There are many others not listed in the Declaration of Independence. However, there is one called, The right of self-government. I am starting to listen to Nicholeen Peek's tape on this subject of self-government within the raising of a family. It's not just the kids who need learning and shaping. We the parents stand in just as much need for self-government.

9th Principle
"To Protect Man's Rights, God has Revealed Certain Principles of Divine Law."

Well, I can think of 10 right off the bat. You know, the 10 Commandments. Not only do we have unalienable rights, we also have unalienable duties. There is public duty and private duty.

Public duties are part of the public morality codes, and usually sypported by local and state ordinences.

Private duties are those which exist betrween you and your Creator. I like this name,'principles of private morality'. The only enforcement agency is yourself. Blackstone said, provided you keep your wickedness to yourself then you are out of reach of human laws. (But not God's laws mind you.)

Apparently Utah has a law that requires offenders to indemnify their victims. That seems like a logicall way to handel a crime. Did the Hebrews and Anglo-Saxons do the same. Yet there are states which actually encourage crime by not making the offenered responsible for damages.

Does the majority of American citizens deny that God's law is the supreme, divine law of the land?

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