22 June 2010

It Stands to Reason (Part 1)

The Associated Press reports (via Breitbart.com) that lawyers for the nation of Mexico have submitted a brief in support of a lawsuit asking to declare the newest immigration law in Arizona unconstitutional.

I believe it is precisely because they know that the law will not lead to racial profiling that they don't like it. They know that most of the people who will be turned over to ICE by local law enforcement, and potentially deported (whether to Mexico or some other nation), are criminals. Because the law stipulates that only another legal incident will result in legal status verification, most of the people subject to that verification will have been involved in a crime of some sort. That's the whole reason they don't want this law to stand.

That's my story and I'm stickin' to it!™

08 June 2010

The 28 Principles of Freedom

These principles were condensed from over 150 volumes of writings from the Founding Fathers. This list was prepared by the National Center for Constitutional Studies (www.nccs.net). NCCS is the publisher of The 5000 Year Leap, which is Part I of a 27-lesson course called "American Government and U.S. Constitution". Please visit their site. Again, I receive no compensation for this post.

  1. The only reliable basis for sound government and just human relations is Natural Law.
  2. A free people cannot survive under a republican constitution unless they remain virtuous and morally strong.
  3. The most promising method of securing a virtuous and morally stable people is to elect virtuous leaders.
  4. Without religion, the government of a free people cannot be maintained.
  5. All things were created by God, therefore upon Him all mankind are equally dependent, and to Him they are equally responsible.
  6. All men are created equal. [My emphasis.]
  7. The proper role of government is to protect equal rights, not [to] provide equal things.
  8. Men are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.
  9. To protect man's rights, God has revealed certain principles of Divine law.
  10. The God-given right to govern is vested in the sovereign authority of the whole people.
  11. The majority of the people may alter or abolish a government which has become tyrannical.
  12. The United States of America shall be a republic. [Not a democracy.]
  13. A constitution should be structured to permanently protect the people from the human frailties of their rulers [I prefer "leaders"].
  14. Life and liberty are secure only so long as the right of property is secure.
  15. The highest level of prosperity occurs when there is a free market economy and a minimum of government regulations.
  16. The government should be separated into three branches: legislative, executive, and judicial.
  17. A system of checks and balances should be adopted to prevent the abuse of power.
  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. [And that constitution is followed!]
  19. Only limited and carefully defined powers should be delegated to government, all others being retained in the people.
  20. Efficiency and dispatch require government to operate according to the will of the majority, but constitutional provisions must be made to protect the rights of the minority.
  21. Strong local self-government is the keystone to preserving human freedom.
  22. A free people should be governed by law and not by the whims of men.
  23. A free society cannot survive as a republic without a broad program of general education.
  24. A free people will not survive unless they stay strong.
  25. "Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none."
  26. The core unit which determines the strength of any society is the family; therefore, the government should foster and protect its integrity.
  27. The burden of debt is as destructive to freedom as subjugation by conquest.
  28. The United States has a manifest destiny to be an example and a blessing to the entire human race.