Constitution Day

In honor of Constitution Day, September 17th   This is a post I did for last year's commemoration.   WE THE PEOPLE  On this the anniversary of the Constitution, it would be good to remember who gives the government the right to act on...

Happy? 225th Birthday

Honoring the Constitution!   Honor:  A merited respect and good name.               Through the years the foundational doucument of our country has merited our esteem for its farsightedness and wisdom!  It has had this recognition...

Each Century a challenge

"THESE are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is...

"Those who desire to give up freedom -

in order to gain security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.” - Benjamin Franklin           Alien and Sedition, a very uncomfortable idea in a country that prides itself on free speech and being the country that holds a an ideal the...

Are these things taught?

Once upon a time, in a land not so distant the accounts of origins was taught and honored. It, also, reminds us of the cost considered well paid to obtain the the goal. An understanding of how things came to be made alterations more...

Full Circle?

          In the 1700's Americans had a paternalistic goverment which defined things as they saw best.  The free born people objected to this in a rather violent fashion and set in place a loose confederation form of government with little or no power...

A Quote to A Logical Conclusion

          Our President recently said "You didn't build that!"  Some cheered and agreed, while others took it as an insult and belittling of the effort and contribution of the successful.  Truthfully, I, at first, was among the second group.  But the...

Other peoples money?

Or why it is dangerous for government to be in the business of charity. Two quotes come to mind: "A Democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of Government. It can only exist until the voters discover they can vote themselves largess of...

A few words from Fredrick Douglass

The Previous conversation on this post went as follows: Comments (24) drivefaastakechances FD is da man. I especially believe this one: It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. That one became quite clear...

Gun Control?

Amendment II A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.             What with recent events, the debate on gun control has again come...

Updated: Declaration

We are all familiar with the original (a post of the original text: http://sec.thoughts.com/posts/the-reason-for-this-day) .  Maybe it is time for an update.  The following is a proposed draft of what the Declaration of Independence would look like if...

Justice

In our founding the principle of justice was held to be that man being created equal were equal before the law.  We got around to codifying it in the Constitution with the 14th Amendment.  We recite it in the Pledge of Alegiance "with liberty and...

Studied ignorance

  The most disturbing results of our current education trends in non-judgementalism and self-esteem protectionism is not that our citizens are losing the innovation competetive edge but that by the inability to apply critical thinking to circumstances...

Quotes for Why

It is something that to me is core that we should learn from the past and that it is the challenge passed down to the present that we should build on what we have been given. "My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results...