by Brad Nelson
Perhaps there is no such thing as total unselfishness. Everyone has some interest behind what they do. But there certainly are such things as duties and responsibilities.
George Washington is my role model in that regard. He was a man who took on duties and responsibilities that transcended his casual interests. At some point in his career, he would rather have been back at Mount Vernon tending his garden. Instead, he accepted the nomination for president – twice. And before that, he accepted the role as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army. He suffered, toiled, and bled, literally and figuratively, to create a new country, one that was “conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal” as Lincoln would later write.
Today, we need not yet bleed. But we must start speaking up and relearning the lessons of America .
Every American today has a moral duty to his country to try to turn things around. And it’s a sure bet you’ll get little but proverbial redcoat bullets for your effort. (Washington survived more than a few on the frontier in his time.) But that effort is needed to save us from the moral, financial, and political degradation of Leftism and other aspects of statism that have embedded themselves into American culture and are destroying her, one city at a time (starting with Detroit, it would seem).
This site makes no claim to perfection or having the precise answer for every issue. But I will promise you that we will look for those answers outside the bounds of political correctness or narrow party politics. We will say what we think is true, not what we think will get us on a Fox News or MSNBC panel, or put us in the good graces of the New York Times or John McCain.
We believe that societies can and do change and that this is normal. The question is not the issue of change but where the change comes from: government, in a top-down compulsion, or the people as they pursue their lives in freedom and in the free market.
We are not the Tea Party, but the Tea Party was born, in part, because concerned people recognized the need to get involved. Running on autopilot was no longer acceptable. Government had become a run-away beast ever-engorging itself. It needed to be tamed and put on a diet. And none of this could be expected to happen unless there was confrontation with that bloated beast and the philosophy that went behind it. We would need to get involved in whatever way our talents and time would permit.
It is our belief that nearly everything we need to know about government was known to our Founders. That’s not to say that they knew about the telephone. They did not. But the great deceit and conceit of the Left and “Progressives” is that because they did not, that therefore the principles of government they enshrined into the Constitution are somehow outdated.
Well, the idea of gravity is pretty old too, but I think we should stick to that as well. Our culture has too often been seduced by pop superficiality, entertainment-fixation, and celebrity worship. We have therefore forgotten that perhaps the hippest, coolest thing of all is something that has withstood all the flighty changes of fad and fashion over the years, and that includes the basic ideas contained in the Constitution and Declaration of Independence.
Those documents do not tell us about smart phones or gigabytes. But that was never the purpose of government. It was a framework for the political sphere, not what Apple Computer’s creative staff was going to invent.
We therefore recognize and ascribe to the basic principles of these documents as well as the principles espoused by the Founders, and other noted philosophers, which went into the making of America, a country that before the advent of “Progressivism” worked quite well (but never perfect) and was the model of freedom for the rest of the world.
We therefore assent and affirm this basic set of principles
1) The Constitution, as understood by the framers and ratifiers, is the supreme law of the land.
2) Limited government is the only type of government which ensures a free society.
3) The basic role of government is to protect our unalienable rights and to provide basic infrastructure and core services (such as the justice system).
4) Our system of government requires, to some extent, an effort by the people to maintain it and to maintain themselves in a reasonably good character. (Auto-pilot isn’t going to work.)
5) A good society is one that values work not “free stuff.”
6) Utopia is not a viable option…making “perfect” the enemy of “good” is destructive.
7) We should think beyond cliches and sound bytes.
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