American Principals

Why are politicians out of favor in America?  It is because they do not stand for principals, or the principals that they represent are contrary to those on which this country was founded.  This country was founded on true principals.  It was founded on the experience of societies throughout the ages.  These principals centered on three basic rights from which all others emanate.  These include the rights of Life, Liberty, and Property.  Society can only pursue happiness when these rights are fully protected.  The basic concept of these principals is that the individual is the most important unit in society, followed by the family, then your neighborhood, and so on to the nation.  These principals are outlined in the Constitution and Bill of Rights.  These documents create specific borders for the federal government to ensure that it cannot encroach on individual’s rights.  There is a reason that much of the language of these documents is negative.  They are a protection for all, and therefore specify what cannot be done by the government.  This is on purpose.   It is to put forth the idea that government is to be controlled, and therefore does not have rights or responsibilities to provide, except within carefully defined parameters. Continue reading

Gun Rights and Interstate Commerce

In Montana and now Utah, legislation has been introduced that questions the ATF’s power to regulate weapons that are manufactured, sold, and used within state boundaries.  The purpose of this legislation is two-fold. 

The first goal for this legislation is to once again bring to light the rights all Americans have when it comes to self-armament.  The fact is that the federal nor state governments have any right to regulate what individuals use to arm and protect themselves with.  The Constitution does not provide any restriction on types of weapons to be allowed the people.  In fact, it specifically stated that the federal government is unauthorized to meddle in this area!  I have already discussed this in another post. Continue reading

Third Party Rising?

I came across this today while searching other conservative blogs, and must say I am very impressed!  I am not decided on the best course of action for reform our nation, whether it be through the Republican party or a new party.  The benefit of the using the Republicans is that they, as Glenn Beck has stated, already have the framework in place.  However, this existing framework has a stigma attached to it that many find distasteful.  It would be best that the reformist movement be open to left and right wing individuals that love the constitution and our country.  All this said I would like to share this new ”American Federalist Party” platform being developed online.  It is very interesting and in many ways a perfect example of the concerns of We the People. Continue reading

2nd Amendment

“A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained in arms, is the best most natural defense of a free country.” - James Madison

For the doubters of the individual’s right to bear arms:  It is clear when reading the extended writings of the founders that they fully intended for the body of the people to be armed in defence of individual liberty. Continue reading

What is Independent Thinking?

What is Independent Thinking? -by Sharon Presley, Ph.D., Executive Director, RIT

The Oxford Unabridged Dictionary offers many definitions of independent, including “not depending on the authority of others” and “not dependent on others for forming an opinion.” Making up your own mind, in other words. But what does that really mean? Does it mean forming an opinion without input from others? No, of course not, otherwise we “reinvent the wheel” every time we make a decision. We all need relevant information and data on which to base our opinions. It’s the way that we seek information and how we apply it that makes us dependent or independent thinkers. If we uncritically accept whatever values or ideas we’ve been taught by parents, teachers or church, never questioning these ideas or asking ourselves if these ideas really make sense, then we are dependent thinkers (even if the ideas are true!). Continue reading

An Independent Republic Still? – by Pat Buchanan

An Independent Republic Still? – by Pat Buchanan An Independent Republic Still? by Patrick J. Buchanan Two hundred thirty years have elapsed since Jefferson’s document was signed in Philadelphia, declaring the 13 colonies to be independent forever of the England of George III. In his Farewell Address, Washington defined independence in a single sentence: “It is our true policy to steer clear of any permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world.” Jefferson echoed the father of his country, declaring America’s policy to be one of “Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none.”

Why I’m Not a Republican

First, I will say that both my Mother and Father are republican.  Most of the people I grew up with declare proudly that they are Republican.  Therefore, I grew up partial to that point of view.  Mostly because that was just the “right” way to think, pardon the overused pun.  Now Republican ideals always made sense to me.  They made sense in the same way that my religious ideals did.  The concepts are not always easy, but in the end, they are the most beneficial to the individual and society.  As I grew older, I have come to find that Republicans are just politicians with all the faults that come with the title. Continue reading

Leno, Damon, Tennis Balls, and the Declaration of Independence

I found it of unique interest that Matt Damon, while reciting the Declaration of Independence, and juggling tennis balls on Leno’s show, stated that the “best part” is as follows:

That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

It is somewhat concerning that a progressive would find such a statement to be so interesting, being that the current administration is doing just that.  They are fundamentally changing this country to be more reflective of their desires in government.  The problem is the government they are constructing is very oppressive of freedom and denies many personal liberties in the name of making a certain few comforts more available.

- Independent Thinker