Thursday, October 06, 2005
  Read, Learn, Understand
Francis Marion at "Where I Stand" has a passion. A passion for those prescient few who founded this nation and the documents they authored to preserve the dream of liberty.

On the Constitution: "Due to the inherent nature of men, when enough people gather there needs to be a governing body which can establish and, when needed, enforce these rules for the benefit of the group as a whole. Therefore, the purpose of government is to provide the least intrusive rules possible and to interfere with the business of the governed only when necessary.
"These men understood that the natural tendency of men in power is to abuse the power entrusted to them. They managed to overcome this tendency themselves and wrote a document that would help prevent this from destroying our society.
"[The U.S. Constitution] has the power to improve humanity to a degree only superseded by the word of God as recorded in scripture. It now stands as a beacon to oppressed peoples everywhere."

On the Declaration of Independence: "We hold these truths to be self-evident" ... "that all men (women included) are created equal." Note the word "created." We all start out naked but what we do after that is mostly up to us.
"that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." Note the word "pursuit." This implies no guarantee, however, many seem to want to remove this word and complain that they did not receive an adequate hand-out.
"The declaration makes a statement that every leader should understand but few do, "deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed," or, the power always comes from the people. Without the consent of the people, whether through will or compulsion, the leader has no power. With this in mind, it is the responsibility of the governed to be informed."

I encourage you to do two things. First, go to "Where I Stand" and read more from this patriot and soldier. Second, follow his suggestion. Read the documents that are the foundation for this republic, learn what the words and ideas mean, and finally, understand the intent and the vision of the men who wrote those words and dreamed the dream that is America.
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