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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

IN WHOSE HANDS DOES THE POWER OF THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT LAY?

"Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. THE PEOPLE themselves, therefore, are its only safe depositories. And to render them safe, their minds must be improved to a certain degree." "I consider THE PEOPLE who constitute a society or nation as the source of ALL AUTHORITY in that nation." Thomas A. Jefferson

How did the Founding Fathers put the government in the hands of the people so the people could govern themselves?

Here are twelve things the Founding Fathers did to put the government into the hands of the people:

1. Drew up a written Constitution, telling government officials what they could and could not do.
2. Required the elected officials to take an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution
3. Divided the main power into three heads, so all the authority would not be in one person or one committee.
4. They made Congress the law making body because it consist of several members elected by the people.
5. Required a journal to be kept of all proceedings and made it open to public view.
6. Established two governments, The Federal Government to govern the nation as a whole and the State Government to govern the States and be closer to the people’s watchful eye.
7. Gave the people the right to vote
8. Gave the people the right to peacefully assemble.
9. Gave the people the right to voice their grievances.
10. Set up a court system consisting of the Supreme Court, the Federal Courts and the State Courts to protect the people’s rights.
11. Provided an impeachment process.
12. Considered all laws passed fraudulently to be null and void.

EACH HAS A JOB TO DO:

The President scrutinizes THE LAWS as to how good they are for the NATION.

The Senate scrutinizes THE LAWS as to how good they are for the STATE.

The House of Representatives scrutinizes THE LAWS as to how good they are for the PEOPLE.

The Supreme Court scrutinizes THE LAWS to see that they go according to the CONSTITUTION.

THE PEOPLE ARE TO MAKE SURE ALL THE GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS ARE DOING THEIR JOBS RIGHT.

We are a free country.  Our government is one of the people, by the people and for the people.
May it ever remain free, it is up to the people to decide.

From more information on the U. S. Constitution and its meaning, purchase Dr. W. Cleon Skousen’s great book, The Making of America, the Substance and Meaning of the Constitution.
Only an educated citizenry can remain free.

Linda N. Hackett


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Common Sense by Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine, in his pamphlet “Common Sense”, said what, that convinced early Americans to break from the British?
Have you ever read the pamphlet, Common Sense by Thomas Paine?  It was written in 1776 and was a big influence on the early Americans when they were deciding whether or not they should separate themselves from British rule.  It is well worth reading today for all Americans as well.
Key points in his pamphlet:
1.       America’s cause is the cause of all mankind.
“The cause of America is in a great measure is the cause of the cause of all mankind.”
                                                                                 Thomas Pain, “Common Sense” page 2
2.       Government is a necessary evil.
“Society in every state is a blessing, but government even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one…”                      Thomas Pain, “Common Sense” Page 3

3.       Problems with a King by heredity:
·         Contribute nothing towards freedom of the state
·         A thirst of absolute power is the natural disease of kings.
·         A King is shut off from the world yet his business is to know it thoroughly.
·         Arises more from pride than reason
·         When there is no king there is no wars.
·         Bribery, corruption, and favoritism are the standing vices of kings.
·         Descendants might be far too unworthy to inherit the throne
·         It opens the door to the foolish, the wicked, and the improper.
·         Has in it the nature of oppression
·         Can be untrustworthy because a king can be too young or too old
·         Impoverishes and plunders the state


4.       Reasons to separate from Britain
·         Britain caused many material injuries to the America people and will sustain more.
·         Britain doesn’t increase America’s prosperity.  America would have flourished as much, and probably much more, had no European power had anything to do with her.
·         Britain is only motivated by their own interests and trade.
·         They will suppresses the growth of America in every case because of their own interests.
·         Britain has carried fire and sword into America and are not trust worthy.
·         Britain is too far away to rule America.
·         Just because Britain did away with some of the tax acts doesn’t mean they won’t bring them back.
·         The separation will come sooner or later, now is better why leave the job of separation to our children?
·         Britain has not shown one sign of compromising.
·         The king will have a negative over the whole legislation of this continent.  America can make no laws unless it pleases the King.
·         Britain is jealous of America’s prosperity, can she be trusted to rule over America.
·         Britain cannot maintain the peace and is therefore no government at all, and is not worth spending the money on.
·         Those who consider Britain their enemy will consider America as their enemy as well if the Americans continue their connection with Britain.
·         Britain is said to be the Mother country of America, but that is an untruth as many Americans are from all different parts of Europe and not just Britain.  The whole of Europe should be considered as the Mother country.
·         Britain did not protect America on America’s account but because of Britain’s own account and interest.
·         America can build her own army and navy and protect herself better.
·         Dependence on Britain will involve America in European quarrels and wars.
·         Others who have been ruled by Britain have been ruined by her.
·         America’s king rules above
·         America’s king is law.  “For as in absolute governments, the King is Law, so in free countries the Law ought to be King and there ought to be no other.”  Thomas Pain, Common Sense, page 32.
·         America needs to create their own government, the opportunity to do so is now.  “A government of our own is our natural right.  And when a man seriously reflects on the precariousness of human affairs, he will become convinced, that it is infinitely wiser and safer, to form a constitution of our own in a cool deliberate manner, while we have it in our power…” Thomas Pain, Common Sense, page 32.

I believe if I was an early American and had read Thomas Pain’s Common Sense pamphlet, I too would have been convinced that America separating herself from British rule would be the wiser, safer and best thing America could ever do.  Freedom is the right of all mankind and America has a destiny to be the example of Freedom to all the world.

Learn more by getting your copy of Thomas Pain’s pamphlet, Common Sense, today.

Reading and studying about freedoms, rights, the law, history of America and the U.S. Constitution, which is the greatest charter of liberty the world has ever known is an absolute necessity for all Americans.  To keep our freedoms, we must be educated.  Find out more.  Obtain you copy of Making of America, by W. Cleon Skousen.  If Americans expect to be ignorant and free, they expect what will never be.

Linda N. Hackett



Monday, September 1, 2014

What is meant by all men created equal?

The second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence reads:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Men and that includes women, are not equal in their physical, mental, emotional, social, financial, and other capabilities.  We are all born with different talents, in different family, in  different ways in which we were raised and educated and we could go on and on.  If this is true, and there is no way we can all be equal, then just what does it mean that all men are created equal?

In Dr. W. Cleon Skousen’s book, The 5,000 Year Leap, the sixth principle, All Men are created equal, Dr. Skousen explains how men are created equal.  Men can only be created equal in three ways as follows:
1.      Equal in the sight of God
2.      Equal in the sight of the law
3.      Equal in the protection of their rights

“As members of society, all persons should have their equality guaranteed in two areas.  Constitutional writer Clarence Carson describes them:”
     
First, there is equality before the law.  This means that every man’s case is tried by the same law governing any particular case.  Practically, it means that there are no different laws for different classes and orders of mean (as there were in ancient times).  The definition of premeditated murder is the same for the millionaire as for the tramp.  A corollary of this is that no classes are created or recognized by law.
    
Second, the Declaration refers to an equality of rights.  …Each man is equally entitled to his life with every other man; each man has an equal title to God-given liberties along with every other.  (Clarence Carson, The American Tradition (Irvington-on=Hudson, N.Y.: Foundation for Economic Education, 1970, pp. 112-13)  

Dr. W. Cleon Skousen also gives a quote from John Adams as follows:  “That all men are born to equal rights is true.  Every being has a right to his own, as clear, as moral, as sacred, as any other being has….But to teach that all men are born with equal powers and faculties, to equal influence in society, to equal property and advantages through life, is as gross a fraud, as glaring an imposition on the credulity of the people, as ever was practiced by monks, by Druids, by Brahmins, by priests of the immortal Lama, or by the self-styled philosophers of the French Revolution. (Quoted in Koch, The American Enlightenment, p. 222.)
Also a quote from Alexander Hamilton:  “Inequality would exist as long as liberty existed….It would unavoidable result from that very liberty itself.” (Harold C. Syrett et al., eds, The Papers of Alexander Hamilton, 19 vols. By 1973 (New York: Columbia University Press, 1961- 4:218)

In summary, when you hear people say they want to be treated equal, remember that they are already treated equal in the only two ways they can be, equal under the law and equal in protection of their rights.
Dr. W. Cleon’s Skousen’s book, The 5,000 Year Leap teaches how 28 principles the Founding Fathers discovered has changed the world.  Get this valuable book for your own personal library today and learn what those principles are.


Linda N. Hackett

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