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There are two words missing from America’s mainstream lexicon that we should discuss. The first is idealism the second altruism. The principles for this idealistic framework are the Constitution and Bill of Rights. The altruistic effort is elected servitude in the name of Liberty towards the same ideals.
I am not sure how much more should or need be said. I will say that you would be really hard pressed to show me more than a very few altruistic politician that practices the implementation and the art of idealism known as pragmatic constitutional behavior. Especially like that of a founding father.
Altruism and idealism are two lost human traits our society has neglected over time. Individually practiced each can be very dogmatic. When we as a people use altruism to foster common ideals they become a natural force for good. Principles like altruism and idealism are but two foundational principles of Western civilization. They are quickly falling into the evolutionary waste bin of time like other pragmatic ideals. The foundational principles of yesterday are being replaced with nonsensical post-modern primal tribalism. It is time to say enough is enough.
There was a recent time in memorable history, for many, when the lack of “instant on media” allowed for a deeper use of the human mind. I can say that, I was there. It aided in humankind’s ability to steer outcome better than it does today.
Stepping a rough decade further back than the day of mainstream broadcast TV, a world war, WWII, was fought with a National purpose and spirit. With idealism and altruistic behavior we facilitated the halt of a real totalitarian march to rule the world. We never said can’t. We never said it could never happen.
Today, we are lost in a delusional paradigm of pseudo-freedom perpetrated on little screens, big screens – screens – screens – screens. Everything you see on your screen has to come from someplace. It can be crafted and targeted to you and I, society, in an effort to replace the void we used to fill with self-examination and deliberate thought. Know thine handlers my friends.
Here are the foundational principles of Liberty that are our declared common ideal. Our action to fulfill these principles will help nurture the altruistic behavior needed to find our way out of the quagmire we are in today as a people. We have few choices. We can go with the flow and be sediment. We can sit and allow our liberty to be dismantled without safeguard. We could have a civil war. We may even engage in a French Revolution style uprising of anarchy and spite. How about if we assemble as good people under new banner and let the corrupt egotistical self-serving vermin eat each other.
From Many – One ~ E Pluribus Unum
|Principle 1. The only reliable basis for sound government and just human relations is Natural Law.||Principle 2. A free people cannot survive under a republican constitution unless they remain virtuous and morally strong.||Principle 3. The most promising method of securing a virtuous and morally stable people is to elect virtuous leaders.|
|Principle 4. Without religion the government of a free people cannot be maintained.||Principle 5. All things were created by God, therefore upon Him all mankind are equally dependent, and to Him they are equally responsible.||Principle 6. All men are created equal.|
|Principle 7. The proper role of government is to protect equal rights, not provide equal things. “—That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men…”||Principle 8. Men are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.||Principle 9. To protect man’s rights, God has revealed certain principles of divine law.|
|Principle 10. The God-given right to govern is vested in the sovereign authority of the whole people.||Principle 11. The majority of the people may alter or abolish a government which has become tyrannical.||Principle 12. The United States of America shall be a republic.|
|Principle 13. A constitution should be structured to permanently protect the people from the human frailties of their rulers.||Principle 14. Life and liberty are secure only so long as the right of property is secure.||Principle 15. The highest level of prosperity occurs when there is a free-market economy and a minimum of government regulations.|
|Principle 16. The government should be separated into three branches – legislative, executive, and judicial.||Principle 17. A system of checks and balances should be adopted to prevent the abuse of power.||Principle 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.|
|Principle 19. Only limited and carefully defined powers should be delegated to government, all others being retained in the people.||Principle 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.||Principle 21. Strong local self-government is the keystone to preserving human freedom.|
|Principle 22. A free people should be governed by law and not by the whims of men.||Principle 23. A free society cannot survive as a republic without a broad program of general education.||Principle 24. A free people will not survive unless they stay strong.|
|Principle 25. “Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations – entangling alliances with none.”||Principle 26. The core unit which determines the strength of any society is the family; therefore, the government should foster and protect its integrity.||Principle 27. The burden of debt is as destructive to freedom as subjugation by conquest.|
|Principle 28. The United States has a manifest destiny to be an example and a blessing to the entire human race.|
~ Eric D. Miller – 2018