Mar 09 2014

Political Conservation

The word “conservative” comes from the Latin root word “conservare” meaning to save, to guard and to watch over. Political conservatives are often mis-identified as being reactionary or not wanting to embrace any change. But when we speak of the conservation of nature, we don’t mean resistance to change, we mean an effort to preserve …

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Feb 26 2014

The Cyrus Cylinder – 530 BC

The first Persian empire was founded around 550 BC by Cyrus the Great. Cyrus distinguished himself not only as a soldier and king of an empire, but also as a statesman and for his wisdom. He conquered the nearby empires of Babylon, Lydia and Medes, uniting the Middle East into the Persian Empire. He treated …

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Jan 05 2014

Solving Problems is Not the Domain of Our Government

We choose to institute governing councils amongst ourselves for the purpose of protecting our rights and liberties, not for the purpose of solving our problems. When either foreign governments or our own government begin to encroach upon our rights and liberties, our ability to solve our problems is diminished. If we choose to live as …

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Dec 16 2013

The Community Rattenfaenger

The Community Rattenfaenger didn’t start out with RATS. He had a knack for bringing people together by telling them whatever they wanted to hear. He had a silver tongue and was supremely glib. When he began to speak, it was as if a sublime melody began to play. The notes were crafted from the desires …

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Sep 03 2013

Fascism is Now Known as Liberalism

Both terms, “fascist” and “liberal” have gone through a morphing process over the years. “Liberal” used to mean, standing for liberty, and was associated with John Locke’s ideas of natural rights that preclude any form of government. The American Revolution was based on these ideas and was considered to be a liberal event because it …

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Aug 22 2013

Code of Justinian

Justinian was emperor of the Byzantine Empire (or East Roman Empire) from 527 to 565. His full name in latin was Flavius Petrus Sabbatius Justinianus Augustus. Justinian assigned his Minister of Justice, Tribonian to the task of rewriting older Roman law with an objective of updating it, clarifying it, and standardizing it. This work became …

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Aug 18 2013

The Right to Privacy

The right to privacy existed before the U.S. Constitution was written. But the Constitution and the Bill of Rights reinforce protections against privacy that were established in common law previously. The First Amendment establishes a right to freedom of speech. The First Amendment to the US Constitution reads: Congress shall make no law respecting an …

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Jul 30 2013

The U.S. Constitution Does Not Create New Rights

That all men are by nature equally free and independent and have certain inherent rights, of which, when they enter into a state of society, they cannot, by any compact, deprive or divest their posterity; namely, the enjoyment of life and liberty, with the means of acquiring and possessing property, and pursuing and obtaining happiness …

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Jul 01 2013

Tyranny is a Form of Terrorism

Terrorism is the act of using fear as psychological warfare. Tyranny is oppressive power usually concentrated in a small node of government. Terrorism is most often used as assymetric warfare, when a smaller attacking force cannot directly confront a larger force and must find alternative methods to inflict damage. Terrorism usually does inflict some conventional …

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Jun 21 2013

Liberty versus Freedom

Freedom and liberty – these two words are etched into our political core, but we tend to take them for granted, without examining what they actually mean. Freedom is the absence of restriction and control, while liberty implies a state of freedom, but with an added framework of responsibility and accountability added to it. Liberty, …

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