The limited powers have been written down for the protection against tyranny in a manner that promotes separation of powers that can be understood by law in articles that comprise the Constitution of the United States; and its amendments, designed to protect and preserve liberties of the People, except for the 16thAmendment, supposedly ratified by the states in February of 1913. Woodrow Wilson signed the legislation authorizing the Federal Reserve banking system, where a private entity has power over the currency of the United States, during the Progressive Erathat formed the progressive movement towards socialism today.Since that time, elements and individuals have attempted to undermine the Constitution claiming it is outdated, ignoring the fact that it was designed to be tailored if required by a adding, changing or repealing an amendment according to the requirements, circumstance and events of the time through a two-thirds majority vote of Congress and ratification by the states. Good examples would be the end of slavery and the right of women to vote, in order for America to be a more “Perfect Union”.
The foundation of individualism lies in one’s moral right to pursue one’s own happiness. This pursuit requires a large amount of independence, initiative, and self-responsibility. But true individualism entails cooperating with others through trade, which facilitates the pursuit of each party’s happiness, and which is carried out not just on the level of goods but on the level of knowledge and friendship. Trade is essential for life; it provides one with many of the goods and values one needs. Creating an environment where trade flourishes is of great importance and great interest for the individualist. Politically, true individualism means recognizing that one has a right to his own life and happiness. But it also means uniting with other citizens to preserve and defend the institutions that protect that right. – Shawn E. Klein
Individualism regards man — every man — as an independent, sovereign entity who possesses an inalienable right to his own life, a right derived from his nature as a rational being. Individualism holds that a civilized society, or any form of association, cooperation or peaceful co-existence among men, can be achieved only on the basis of the recognition of individual rights — and that a group, as such, has no rights other than the individual rights of its members. Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority; the political function of rights is precisely to protect minorities from oppression by majorities (and the smallest minority on earth is the individual).– Ayn Rand
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. –That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –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.– Thomas Jefferson et al, The Declaration of Independence
Collectivism is the ancient principle of savagery. … Collectivism is not the ‘New Order of Tomorrow.’ It is the order of a very dark yesterday. – Ayn Rand
… So here we get the two essentials of Nazism: the rejection of reason and the mind in favor of the worship of brute emotion, and the elevation of the collective over the individual. What, then, distinguishes the ideas of the modern intellectuals from the philosophy of the Nazis? The addition of an altruist twist. The Nazis were certainly pro-self-sacrifice, because they advocated (and enforced) the sacrifice of the individual self to the collective aggrandizement of the race. But the modern intellectuals declare that they are even more altruistic because they want to sacrifice our own race to other races. – Robert Tracinski
People who are very aware that they have more knowledge than the average person are often very unaware that they do not have one-tenth of the knowledge of all of the average persons put together. In this situation, for the intelligentsia to impose their notions on ordinary people is essentially to impose ignorance on knowledge. – Dr. Thomas Sowell
Socialism collapsed because it is a policy of unrestrained intervention. It tries to fix what is ‘wrong’ with the spontaneous, self-organizing phenomenon called capitalism. But, of course, a natural process cannot be ‘fixed.’ … Socialism is an ideology. Capitalism is a natural phenomenon. – Michael Rothschild, BIONOMICS: Economy as Ecosystem
The primary goal of collectivism — of socialism in Europe and contemporary liberalism in America — is to enlarge governmental supervision of individuals’ lives. This is done in the name of equality. People are to be conscripted into one large cohort, everyone equal (although not equal in status or power to the governing class) in their status as wards of a self-aggrandizing government.– George Will
Wherever the real power in a Government lies, there is the danger of oppression. In our Governments the real power lies in the majority of the community, and the invasion of private rights is chiefly to be apprehended, not from acts of Government contrary to the sense of its constituents, but from acts in which the Government is the mere instrument of the major number of the Constituents. – James Madison, in a letter to Thomas Jefferson, 1788
Isn’t it somewhat remarkable that we can go back a a few hundred years and find no shortage of quotations from our founding fathers warning us against the dangers of democracy, yet today teachers and politicians use the word as if it were an offering of gold. – Neal Boortz
The instruments, by which [government] must act, are either the AUTHORITY of the Laws or FORCE. If the first be destroyed, the last must be substituted; … and where this becomes the ordinary instrument of government, there is an end to LIBERTY.– Alexander Hamilton
Fundamental to our system of governance is the concept of federalism — the division of power between the federal government and the states. Cemented in the Constitution, this concept provides the federal government with only certain, specific (“enumerated”) powers, while the states hold all other powers of governance over the individual. This division, along with separation of the federal powers into executive, legislative and judicial branches of government, is the bedrock that secures individual liberty in the U.S. Although federalism has eroded significantly in the last century, it faces its most serious threat via the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as ObamaCare. This week the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) heard six hours of oral arguments over three days — the longest amount of time allotted in almost half a century — and a record-setting 130 amicus briefs in cases consolidated under the title, Department of Health and Human Services, et al., vs. State of Florida, et al., which challenge the constitutionality of the law. … The Justices vote today, but the decision and opinions won’t be released until the end of June. Another decision is expected at the November polls, and we’re looking forward to positive outcomes in both.
LIGHT SIDE: And here is some disconcerting rumors that there are those within the Obama Nation circle who want to remove Alexander Hamiltonimage from the $20 bill and replace the image with the likeness of Barack Hussein Obama (alias Barry Soetero)- because traditionally such an honor is reserved only for a President of the United States; but disregarding the fact his image is there because he was an important element in the founding of our nation and the first Secretary of the Treasury of the United States.
And, as a Lighthouse Light Side humor to end this article, I present a video starring Jodi Miller:
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