My last article (https://eclecticmusings.blog/2021/04/12/peaceful-means-what-can-we-do/) began to address the topic of peaceful means of restoring liberty. The two general ways discussed were first, the need to be extremely cautious and research the HISTORY of political candidates when choosing local and state officers because they are the first line of defense against usurpation of authority by the … Continue reading PEACEFUL MEANS to RESTORE LIBERTY, part 2
In previous articles (https://eclecticmusings.blog/2021/03/14/is-it-time-to-dispose-of-the-constitution/ https://eclecticmusings.blog/2021/03/16/our-heritage-liberty-what-is-it-why-is-it-important/ https://eclecticmusings.blog/2021/03/25/the-constitution-from-the-beginning/), I briefly discussed what liberty is and began to examine liberties lost. I also promised to address peaceful means of regaining lost liberties. Although there is much more to be evaluated in terms of liberties guaranteed in the Constitution, but currently lost to us as citizens, I wish to … Continue reading Peaceful Means – What Can We Do?
Maria, in The Sound of Music, says, “Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start...” and so, in our examination of the United States Constitution, where we stand in relation to it and the liberties it guarantees us, let’s start at the very beginning – with the well-known Preamble. We the … Continue reading The Constitution – From the Beginning
What would you choose - liberty or security? If you would choose security, how much liberty would you be willing to sacrifice, and for how much and what types of security?
There are several excellent quote contained within this speech. Most of us are familiar with the the last phrase of the last sentence, but few have read the entire speech. Fewer still know the circumstances or timing of the speech. Mr. Henry was addressing the Virginia House of Burgesses in March 1775 in response to … Continue reading PATRICK HENRY – GIVE ME LIBERTY or GIVE ME DEATH
You remember, sir, the conclusion of the speech, so often declaimed in various ways by school-boys 'Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or … Continue reading A Witness Account of Patrick Henry’s “Give Me Liberty…” Speech
In an earlier article in The ByWay (newspaper serving Garfield, Piute, and Wayne Counties, Utah), I discussed the meaning of liberty (https://eclecticmusings.blog/2021/03/16/our-heritage-liberty-what-is-it-why-is-it-important/). Now I wish to address some serious threats to liberty, both as foreseen by our Founding Fathers, and as they currently manifest in society. Those threats are 1. lack of and/or inadequate/inappropriate education … Continue reading Is It Time to Dispose of the Constitution?
Twice a year, in October and April, my church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, meets for a world wide General Conference presided over by the man we sustain as the one and only anointed and set apart Prophet of God on the earth today, accompanied by the twelve currently living Apostles … Continue reading Saturday General Conference Musings
James Madison, Federalist, no. 39, 250--53 16 Jan. 1788 The first question that offers itself is, whether the general form and aspect of the government be strictly republican? It is evident that no other form would be reconcileable with the genius of the people of America; with the fundamental principles of the revolution; or with … Continue reading James Madison – Republican Government – No Nobility
Montesquieu, Spirit of Laws, bk. 2, CH. 2 1748 2.--Of the Republican Government, and the Laws in relation to Democracy When the body of the people is possessed of the supreme power, it is called a democracy. When the supreme power is lodged in the hands of a part of the people, it is then … Continue reading Montesquieu – Democracy versus Aristocracy/Tyranny