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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

6 Things Governments do that Destroys the Prosperity of the People

Are there things that governments do that destroys the prosperity of the people?  Once you can understand key points of prosperity then you can start to see how governments destroy prosperity in six major ways.
Key points of prosperity:

1.       Prosperity is in products and services not money.  Money is used only as a medium of exchange.  The more products and services circulating in a country, the more prosperous the country is.  However, the products and services must also be of a good quality.  You would not consider a country to be prosperous if those who rule or a few in the country has tons of money and the people are without good homes, furniture, clothing, cars, and etc.

2.      Prosperity is destroyed through one thing and one thing only, “a lack of profit.”  Profit is made on two sources, 1.) A product or service being sold and 2.) Labor being performed. 

3.      Profit is made on a product or service only when the product or service cost less to produce than it is sold for, and the cost of the product or service is low enough to entice the public to purchase it.

4.      Profit is made on labor when it covers more than the basic living expense of food, housing and utilities, thus extra money is available for purchasing extra products and services.

5.      Profit is made when there is enough money circulating to provide capital to business owners to purchase the items needed and pay for labor to produce products and enough money for the consumer to have to buy the products.

Here are six things governments do to destroy the prosperity of the people by destroying the profits:

1.      Over taxing the people.  By over taxing the people, money that could go for extra products and services goes into the hands of the government which never produces anything only consumes the money.

2.     Over regulating businesses.  Over regulating business will cause many otherwise good businesses to give up and go out of businesses or not start in the first place.  This will cause a loss of jobs, not only within the business itself, but in many other businesses they would be purchasing products from as well.

3.     Creating wage and price controls.  Businesses must create a profit to be successful.  If government issues a law raising the minimum wages, then a business would have to increase the price of their product.  This is counter-productive as the wage earner may receive a higher wage but have to pay higher prices on the products he purchases as well.  Also the retail business will have to put more capital in the products they have on the shelves and when the capital is not available to do so, they suffer as well.

4.      Promoting social welfare, subsidies, bail outs.  When governments become involved in social welfare, subsidies or bail outs,(meaning taking from those who produce by their labor and giving to those who don’t), they create a host of problems that destroy prosperity.  Here are some of the problems:  1. Those who could work stop working.  2. Those who could produce stop producing.  Those who would share stop sharing.  3.  The criminal element comes in and takes unfair advantage of the programs implemented.  4.  More and more government workers are needed to implement the programs.   5. An overwhelming amount of tax dollars are needed.  6. More and more immigrants invade the country for the benefits given out, instead of the opportunities to earn a better living for themselves.  This list of problems created could become long. 

5.      Allowing the circulation of money with nothing to back it.  This technique of governments which causes more money to chase after the same products and services, which in turn causes inflation or higher prices.  The money will become worth less and less because it takes more of it to buy less and eventually the money itself will becomes worthless.

6.      Become involved in endless wars.  When the government becomes involved in endless wars, good workers join the service and go off to war instead of working and making a profit.  More money is required to support the war causing either higher taxes or extreme government borrowing from other countries.  Whenever borrowing takes place, interest is paid, which takes money out of circulation in this country and sends it to other countries.
Another element in all of the above, is the fact that such government infringements creates more crime and the government ends up spending more and more dollars on police forces, courts and jails, which reduces productive workers and reduces money needed in circulation to create profits.
When children are without jobs because the market can’t afford to pay them such high wages as required by wage laws and are without proper supervision because both parents are working to put bread on the table or they are off to war, children get bored and they will often join gangs and get involved in criminal activities.

Summary, here are the six ways governments do to destroy prosperity:
1. Over tax
2. Over regulate
3. Create wage and price controls
4. Promote social welfare
5. Circulate money with no backing
6. Become involved in endless wars
The less the government is involvement in the above activities, the freer, more prosperous and happier the people are.
Learn more about the proper role of government in the book, The Making of America, found on our website:  http://www.learntheconstitution.com
Linda N. Hackett

Friday, July 25, 2014

What is freedom?

I believe few people really understand freedom.  They think they are free if they can go to school, go to work, be entertained, and vote.  But freedom is much more  than that.

Freedom is having your life, liberty, property and other rights protected, it means the following:  

*You are free to earn as much money as you can and spend it without being over taxed and penalized.

*You can enjoy your full property rights, meaning you can do what you want with your property as long as you don't harm the rights of others. 

*You are free from foreign invasions because your government has a strong military force and the borders of your country are protected. 

*You can send your children to school and know they are taught the truth about history and will learn how to read, write, spell, do math, understand science and other subjects beneficial to their life and that you have a say in their education.

*You and your children can watch TV or go on the internet and not be bombarded with  pornographic pictures or language.

*You can believe and worship as you please, without government interference, as long as you don't force others to believe the same as you and inflict harm.

*Knowing that when go to trial in a court case, you will receive a just verdict.
*You have the right to speak your mind about any one and any thing as long as it is not harassment or fraud and also protest without punishment  from law officers.

*You know your government will be honest about what they are doing and not put the country in endless wars and debt.

"Not being so over regulated that you are not allowed to make your own decisions"

I could go on and on but I think you get the idea.

Freedom is more than just going to school or to work, being entertained and voting.
Many people in  Communist countries do those things  as well, and they still do not enjoy freedom.

Freedom is really about having your rights protected and being able to make your own choices as long as you don't infringe on the rights of others.

Linda N. Hackett

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

What is a representative?

The dictionary says,” Presenting, portraying, or representing.  Bearing the character or power of another.”

In the book Common Sense,  Thomas Paine explains it this way, when a colony first begins, all the members can meet together and cast their vote.  However, as they increase in number and move farther away, that is an impossible task.  The problem was resolved the following way according to Thomas Paine, “This will point out the convenience of their consenting to leave the legislative part to be managed by a select number chosen from the whole body, who are supposed to have the same concerns at stake which those have who appointed them, and who will act in the same manner as the whole body would act were they present.”

The Founding Fathers said:  “The idea that naturally suggest itself to our minds, when we speak of representatives is that they resemble those they represent; they should be a true picture of the people, possess the knowledge of their circumstances and their wants; sympathize in all their distresses, and be disposed to seek their true interests.”  Melancton Smith,  June 21, 1788, The Anti-Federalist Papers.

Let me ask you, does your Representative represent you?  We have frequent elections in America so the American people can get rid of those in the government who fail to represent their true wants.  Do you want lower taxes, less government, less regulations, and government interference?  Do your homework and vote the rascals out who fail to represent you!

Linda N. Hackett

Friday, July 18, 2014

Making sense out of rights, what governments fails to understand

Where does government power come from if it is not from the people?
Where do the people’s rights come from if it is not from God?

This makes sense:

The bible tells us that God created the earth, then he created the plants and the animals and finally he created man.

God gave man his life.  God also gave man the right to rule over the animals and the earth.  God wanted man to take of the elements God had made and improve upon them.  As long as man does not infringe on the rights of others he should be free in his pursuit of happiness.  Man has a right to his life, to his liberty and to the right to own property and do with his property what he wants as long as he doesn’t infringe on the rights of others.

Government does not give men these rights.  Governments were organized by man to help him protect his rights.  When men in governmental positions take away the rights of men instead of protecting them, they should have a very good reason for doing so because, they will one day have to answer to God for taking away the rights of man that God gave him.

I hope governmental leaders will think about this when they are making laws that put restrictions on man and his rights instead of protecting those rights.

To protect your rights know what laws, your federal, state and city government leaders are making and voice your opinions.
Linda N. Hackett

Sunday, July 13, 2014

When should the U. S. be at war?

You be the judge.
Making of America p 2

What the U. S. Constitution says:

Article 1.8.11 The people of the states empower the Congress to declare war.  This provision gives Congress the exclusive right to declare war.

What the Founding Fathers said about war:

C. Pinckney: "Observed that the President's powers did not permit him to declare war."

Jefferson: "The question of declaring war is the function equally of both houses (of Congress)." "If Congress are to act on the question of war, they have a right to information (from the executive).

"We had reposed great confidence in that provision of the Constitution which requires two-thirds of the (Congress) to declare war. Yet it can be entirely eluded by a majority's taking such measures as will bring on war."

"The powers of declaring war being with the (Congress), the executive should do nothing necessarily committing them to decide for war."

"No country, perhaps, was ever so thoroughly against war as ours. These dispositions pervade every description of its citizens, whether in or out of office."

Franklin: "I would try anything, and bear anything that can be borne with safety to our just liberties, rather than engage in a war with such near relations (as the British), unless compelled to it by dire necessity in our own defense."

"At length we are in peace, God be praised, and long, very long, may it continue. All wars are follies, very expensive and very mischievous ones. When will mankind be convinced of this, and agree to settle their differences by arbitration? Were they to do it, even by the cast of a die, it would be better than by fighting and destroying each other."

"In my opinion, there never was a good war or a bad peace. What vast additions to the conveniences and comforts of living might mankind have acquired if the money spent in wars had been employed in works of public utility! What an extension of agriculture, even to the tops of our mountains; what rivers rendered navigable, aqueducts, new roads, and other public works, edifices, and improvements, rendering a...complete paradise, might have been obtained by spending those millions in doing good which in the last war have been spent in doing mischief; in bringing misery into thousands of families, and destroying the lives of so many thousands of working people, who might have performed the useful labor!"

Jefferson: "I do not believe war the most certain means of enforcing principles. Those peaceable coercion which are in the power of every nation, if undertaken in concert and in time of peace, are more likely to produce the desired effect." If nations go to war for every degree of injury, there would never be peace on earth."

Taken from the book, "Making of America" p 440 to 442

A Good Foreign policy is needed for Peace

The Monroe Doctrine contained a pledge which modern American leaders might well remember, and that is the promise that even though the United States would look upon any foreign invasion of the Western Hemisphere as a threat to her own security, she would not use her military power to interfere in the domestic or internal affairs of any other nation. Jefferson clearly stated, "Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none."

The Founders' position on foreign relations is not "isolationism" but one of "separatism." They intended to become strong and independent, but not the policeman of the world. They warned against the tendency to favor one nation over another or to mix political interdependence with commercial and economic interdependence. They steadfastly opposed alliances which involved political interdependence. Their motto seems to have been summed up in the phrase, "Coordination yes, but consolidation no." Washington said. "Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all." (The Constitution of the United States in a Nutshell p 27) (Making of America p 769)

Right is right and wrong is wrong.

War is a terrible loss.

•Loss of good men and women in the battle.  This causes great suffering to them because their lives are cut short. A loss to their families because they can no longer be with them. A loss to us as well, we don’t get all they would have contributed to society.
•A high monetary cost.  In actual dollars, over 1.5 Trillion.
•Loss of respect with other nations.  When we go to war to defend ourselves that is right in the eyes of other nations.  But when we go to war for any other reason, other nations become suspicious of us.  They realize we can’t be trusted because if we go to war with another country without the reason, we may also go to war with them.
•Less secure.  Once other nations view us as their enemy and an imperial nation, then they can very easily prepare to go to war against us.
•Mental anxiety, for all of us, knowing that the war is going on and hoping it will soon be over.
It generally it is because of an attack on one country to another, that war is begun.   Our country was attacked on September 11th of 2001.  However, Iraq was not the country that attacked us.  Nevertheless, President Bush insisted on a counter attack on Iraq for something they never committed.  I remember the day Present Bush announced the attack and I heard him tell the American People, not to worry because it would be a war that would be of a very short duration.  That is what a war should be, one of short duration.
You get in there and you fight until one side or the other wins, then you pull out.  I don’t believe the majority of the American People ever really supported this war.  I believe the American People would have never agreed to such a long lasting war.  We were still suffering from the effects of the Vietnam War and the American people were not wanting to repeat that kind of war again.  Our military have been fighting the Iraq war for over 10 years now.  It makes you wonder what politicians mean when they say a short duration.
I don’t know how many of you feel like I do.  It wasn't right to go to war against Iraq in the first place and it is not right to continuously ware away our military in such an unwise effort.

This war has turned from being a war against an attack on us to one of helping the Iraqi people, building up what they have lost and helping them gain freedom.  Americans seem to be very compassionate towards others and doing what they can to help the unfortunate.  Being too compassionate often leads us down roads that we should not be traveling on.

Here is one of my favorite saying to illustrate this point:  

A techniques used by revolutionists: A fervid but false solicitude for the poor and unfortunate over whom they thus gain mastery and then enslave them."

A quote by a wise man: David O. McKay
In war there are very few things that are right and a lot of things that are wrong.  I just pray that we have gone to war for the right reason.  It is a grave responsibility our leaders have taken when they drag the American people into a war that was not right in the first place.  It is even worse when they leave us there year after year.

Protect yourself against the great losses of war.  Call your political leaders today and tell them how you feel. After all, this is your country, your loved ones, your resources, and your country’s reputation.  Tell your political leader that everyone has suffered long enough and it is time to stop.

Learn more, get the book I highly recommend, The Making of America, today.  Remember and call your political leader, they need to know how you feel, if you don’t stop your suffering, who will?

Linda N. Hackett

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Are we gaining Freedom for others in far away countries while losing our own freedoms here at home?

After watching the movie, “Last Once of Courage”, on Netflix, I saw the paradox of what we say and what we do, in regards to our freedom.  The movie portrays a man’s son dying while being in the military and fighting for freedom in another country and at the same time the father seeing himself not doing anything to fight for the freedoms we are losing in our own country.  The father finally realizes he could not let his son die fighting for freedom and he himself sit by and let our freedom be lost.  He then take action to fight for our freedom here at home.  It is a great movie and I would highly recommend you take the time to see it.

People have rights given by God, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness or the right to own property, which governments are to protect but, men in government positions seem to forget this purpose of government and because of want of money, power and influence, they begin destroying the God given rights of the people they serve.  They begin to destroy freedom here at home while sending troops abroad to fight for freedom in other countries.

"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free." Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Here are some freedoms we are currently losing:

1. Freedom of Speech and of the Press.

“If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”
George Washington

2. Freedom of religion

“Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged.”
Ronald Reagan

3. Freedom to peacefully assemble

4. Freedom to do what you want with your own property, called property rights.

"As the soil becomes subdivided, and actually cultivated by the owners, this view of the subject derives force from the principle of natural law, which vests in individual and executive right to the portion of ground with which they have incorporated their labor and improvements."
Anti federalist Papers

"In future times a great majority of the people will not only be without landed, but any other sort of, property. These will either combined under the influence of their common situation; in which case, the rights of property and the public liberty, will not be secure in their hands."  Madison Anti federalist Papers

5. Freedom to have an honest election

6. Freedom to choose to have health care or not.

7. Freedom to teach your children at home

8. Freedom to hire or fire who you want.

9. Freedom to own a gun

10. Freedom to have privacy

11. Freedom of trial by jury

12. Freedom of travel

13. Freedom over your own money.

“True individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.” Franklin D. Roosevelt

The concept of not letting our soldiers fighting for freedom die in vain, reminds me of the Gettysburg Address that Lincoln gave.

Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, given November 19, 1863 on the battlefield near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA

“Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth upon this continent a new nation: conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war. . .testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated. . . can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war.

We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should  this.

But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate . . . we cannot consecrate . . . we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.

It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us. . .that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion. . . that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain. . . that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom. . . and that government of the people. . .by the people. . .for the people. . . shall not perish from the earth.”

I would challenge you to be involved in the fight for freedom here at home and do all you can to see that we do not lose the very freedoms our forefathers fought for. Learn more about the U.S. Constitution, our charter of liberty.

Linda N. Hackett

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The Real Thomas Jefferson and his top 10 character traits

Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence.  Was he prepared for such a task?  What experiences did he have and what 10 character traits did he develop? Thomas Jefferson’s father was justice of the peace and lieutenant colonel in the county militia.  He inspired his son with a commitment to build up the Great American Commonwealth.He died when Jefferson was only 13 years old, which made young Jefferson the head of the family.  Fortunately his father left enough funds for Thomas to attend college. Here are some of Jefferson’s accomplishments:  

1.     Began studying under the direction of his cousin’s tutor at age 5.

2.     Studied Latin under the direction of Reverend William Douglas at age 9.
3.     He studied classical literature and additional languages under the direction of Reverend James Maury at the age of 14.
4.     He entered the college of William and Mary of Virginia at the young age of 16 and graduated at the age of 19. 
5.     After graduating from the College of William and Mary of Virginia, he began an intensive study of law under George Wythe.  George Wythe was an authority on liberty and the natural and equal rights of man.
6.     He studies Latin and Greek so he could read classical works in their original languages. 
7.     Jefferson was literally in love with learning.  It was not unusual for his to study for 14 hours a day.
8.      He not only studied law, but languages, physics, agriculture, mathematics, philosophy, chemistry, anatomy, zoology, botany, religion, politics, history, literature, rhetoric, and virtually every other subject imaginable-
9.     Always recording quotations and observations in his personal notebooks.  Jefferson called this “a time of life when I was bold in the pursuit of knowledge, never faring to follow the truth and reason to whatever results they led.”
10.  He had a mastery of the spoken word.  He could read Latin, Greek, Spanish, Italian, French and Ango-Saxon.
11. At the age of 23 Jefferson was admitted to the bar.  It was said of him, that as a lawyer, he won practically all his cases because he always chose the right side. 
12.  He was elected to represent Albemarle County Virginia in the 17669 session of the Virginia House of Burgesses at age 25.
13.    He listened to debates in the House of Burgesses on many occasions.  It was during one of these occasions that he heard Patrick Henry speak on the abuses of the American people by the British.  He felt such a surge of fervor for the cause of freedom and justice that the flame burned brightly for the rest of his days.  He later referred to this as the most important day of his life. 
14.  At the age of 31 he wrote a paper called “A Summary View of the Rights of British America “.  It provided a legal, historical, and political analysis of the rights of the English colonists in America and accused the Crown of ignoring and abusing those rights.  This caused a considerable amount of bristling indignation in the royal British court.
15.  He was sent as a delegate to the Second Continental Congress at the age of 32.
16.  Jefferson was 33 years old when he was asked to write the Declaration of Independence.  It took him 7 days to complete the draft.

On July 2, 1776, the Congress assembled as an informal “Committee of the Whole” to freely discuss Jefferson’s Manifesto of Freedom.  A number of changes were suggested and debated.  It was the evening of July 4 when the Congress as an official body finally approved Jefferson’s somewhat modified document. 

Neither Jefferson nor the Congress called this document the “Declaration of Independence”.  It was the people who later gave the Declaration its name. 
According to the above information about Thomas Jefferson, you can see how it helped him develop the following character traits that made it possible for him to write one of the most famous documents of America, The Declaration of Independence.

1.     Responsible

2.     Well educated on a multiple subjects
3.     Great understanding of history and politics
4.     Open mind for learning
5.     A love of freedom
6.     Sense of Justice
7.     Love of learning
8.     Hard worker
9.     Follower of truth and reason
10.   Master of the spoken word

Thomas Jefferson served as the first Secretary of State, Vice President to John Adams and served two terms as the third president of the United States.

Learn more about Thomas Jefferson’s amazing life, read the book, “The Real Thomas Jefferson. The True Story of America’s Philosopher of Freedom.”  You can find this book at: http://www.learntheconstitution.com
Linda N. Hackett


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