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Principles of Liberty

As 2006 winds down and individuals look forward to 2007, it is a great time to reflect on some basic principles of liberty that provide the individual blessings of all human beings. Although American society still has a lot of room for improvement, because the founders of the United States embraced these principles Americans today are the beneficiaries of an environment of which individuals from all over the world still try to avail themselves. If present day Americans continue to hold on to these principles of individual liberty the blessings to all people the world over will be extraordinary.

The following are but a few of the principles of liberty that history has shown and continues to show that if these principles are not followed freedom falls and misery and famine follow. For 2007 and beyond let us remember that the only reliable basis for sound government and just human relations is natural law. In other words murder, theft, fraud, rape, and the like are morally and legally wrong and it is the government official's job to punish individuals who partake in those activities. Otherwise, government officials are to leave individuals alone to seek out their own happiness.

Likewise, a free people cannot survive under a republican constitution unless they remain virtuous and morally strong. The most promising method of securing a virtuous and morally stable people is to elect virtuous and morally stable leaders. All things are created by God, therefore upon him all mankind are equally dependent, and to him they are equally responsible. In other words government does not provide for human kind, therefore individuals owe no allegiance to their government. Government owes allegiance to the individual.

The proper role of government is to protect the equal unalienable rights given to all individuals by the Creator, not give equal provisions for the individual such as unemployment compensation, minimum wage, and all other government welfare.

The United States of America is a republic not a democracy. A constitution is structured to permanently protect individuals from the human frailties of government leaders. Life and liberty are secure only so long as the right of property is secure. The highest level of prosperity occurs when there is a free-market economy unhampered by government regulations. A system of checks and balances is adopted to prevent the abuse of power.

The unalienable rights of individuals are most likely to be preserved if the principles of government are set forth in a written constitution. A written constitution limits and carefully defines the powers delegated to elected government officials, all others being retained by the rest of society. Both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson advised, "Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations –entangling alliances with none."

The burden of debt is as destructive to liberty as subjugation by conquest. Individual liberty, not government, provides the blessings individuals enjoy today.

Reflecting on these principles of liberty and many others energizes the soul and allows the human race to move forward in peace and harmony. Happy New Year everyone!

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