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Understanding America’s Political Spectrum

In a few days Americans will be celebrating Independence Day, but most will take a day off of work and enjoy a backyard barbeque or go to the lake or some other activity without giving much thought to what our forefathers really accomplished on that day. It really represented a culmination of their study of the real purpose of government.Both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson described the history of governments as swinging like a pendulum as a people become tired of dictatorships and authoritarian rulers. The people throw them off only to find a lack of order and security and soon someone comes along promising to solve all the people’s problems. Before long the people realize they are back to a dictatorship. Such is the sad history of national governments. France has experienced this political pendulum swing several times in its history and we are seeing it happening again tod

Judeo-Christian Roots of America's Founding Ideals and Documents

"For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the LORD that hath mercy on thee. O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colours, and lay thy foundations with sapphires. And I will make thy windows of agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy borders of pleasant stones. And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children. In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee. Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by me: whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake. Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy. No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD. (Isaiah 54:10 - 17)

American Founding Ideal:

The Founders' Unchanging Principles of Liberty

As we celebrate the Declaration of Independence in July and the Constitution in September, let us once again reflect on the marvelous principles underlying these two documents. The following is a review of these principles together with a comment or a quote by the Founders. Documentation may be found inThe Five Thousand Year Leap.

Principle 1The only reliable basis for sound government and just human relations is Natural Law.

Natural law is God’s law. There are certain laws which govern the entire universe, and just as Thomas Jefferson said in the Declaration of Independence, there are laws which govern in the affairs of men which are “the laws of nature and of nature’s God.”

When Should America Go To War?

This is a time of monumental decision making on the part of leaders of the United States. The impact of their decisions will no doubt have a great affect on many of our families in America in terms of our children going to war, our economic welfare, our safety right here in the United States, and the future of freedom both in the U.S. and around the world. Do we know what our Founding Fathers would say if they were here today? What advice would Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Jay, Madison, or Monroe have for President Bush if he would hear their voices today? Perhaps we know what they would say because we know what they said in their day. Here are three principles which constantly run through their writings:
  • A free people will not survive unless they stay strong, morally and militarily.
  • "Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations - entangling alliances with none."
  • The United States has a manifest destiny to be an example and a blessing to the entire human race.

Who Really Owns America’s Land?

Under English common law, a most unique significance was attached to the unalienable right of possessing, developing, and disposing of property. Land and the products of the earth, in their natural state, were considered a gift of God to man, but then man was commanded individually to cultivate, beautify, and subdue it and bring it under his dominion. This is the root of private property ownership, for without a certain exclusiveness, one cannot fulfill the command to “subdue” and gain “dominion” over property. America’s Founders took this Biblical injunction literally and believed that no government official has a right to interfere with this God-given, unalienable right and mandate. Their belief that the land belonged to the people, not the king, was the impetus for including the grievances in the Declaration of Independence that, 1) “He has endeavored to prevent the population of these States;… and rais[ed] the conditions of new Appropriations of Land, and, 2) the “He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.” King George also attempted to prevent the colonists from possessing the new lands west of the Appalachian Mountains.

Vertical Separation of Powers - Key to Domestic Tranquility

The purpose of the Founders was to assign to each level of government that service which it could perform the most efficiently and the most economically. There was a remarkable rationale behind the whole system. It went back to the "ancient principles." The vertical separation of powers among the states might be graphically portrayed as a pyramid with most of the power, authority, and government being at the wide bottom where the people are. As you ascend up the pyramid of government through the levels of families, communities, counties, states, and eventually the federal government, the areas of responsibility and authority get narrower and narrower, or in other words much more limited in scope. The idea was to keep the government decentralized into many strong local self-governments.