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Are You a Victim of the Education Con?

March 23, 2018

How A Truth Based Education Is Truly Liberating

By: Gary Hardee
Published: March 22, 2018

I admit it!  My writing style is one of frankness. None of what I write is directed at the reader or anyone specifically.  It’s more like – “if the shoe fits, wear it.” Please, take my remarks “in general” as if I were addressing an audience of diverse composition.

As always, I thank you for reading.

An early business ownership at the age of nineteen gave me experiential knowledge of the business world – upon which I built a broader understanding of history, economics, philosophy and socio-political world views because of their direct ties to and influence upon life in a capitalist society. When it comes to humans and their interactions with the laws their legislatures pass – that we assume are to serve the common good – one cannot pick but from two positions.

One side is freedom and personal responsibility and the other side is regulation, restrictions, controls and ultimately subservience to the “law”.

If it’s a law, then it must be legal and therefore it is assumed to be moral and ethical. Or so we wish them to be.  We are to believe that all laws are good and we must live within them. We are not to doubt or question their moral authority but bow to the will of the majority.  When we were young we were told by our “elders” that “there’s a law against” this or that and “it’s the law!”  If one professes to be Christian or raised with Christian principles, then it follows that things like The Golden Rule are practiced in our lives voluntarily. The requirement for needless laws doesn’t exist since only peaceful, non-violent and moral actions would be experienced.  What’s that old saying? “If men were angels, we wouldn’t need government or laws?” But the literal millions of laws that man has passed cannot be known by each and likely makes lawbreakers out of many peaceful people.

What’s the other famous saying? “When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns!’ Weren’t the citizens of Germany warned they would become criminal lawbreakers if they didn’t turn in their guns after a law was passed making possession illegal? What happened? Millions were murdered by their own government! Democide!  Did we learn that lesson of history? It does not seem that we have!  Is that lesson taught in our government schools?  Umm… no.

I have always related to math. But I have found that those who are not good at it most likely failed to grasp the basic principles of fractions and decimal expressions from the outset. One cannot be good at geometry or algebra without a fixed and solid understanding of the basics of math! Right?  You may have struggled through and even forced yourself to learn enough to pass the required tests.  But you don’t relate and don’t really see the need to relate. Right? As an adult in the working world, you can easily lay to rest that portion of math that you no longer find useful in your daily life.  So do other things we deem unimportant to our survival and advancement.  Being free from “schooling” you tend to hold more firmly that which serves best your immediate survival and prosperity. We tend to become more specialized as we trod career paths.  We actually become quite good at what we focus on!

Like the fundamentals of math, our youth are taught the fundamentals of communism but not told upfront that it is what they are being taught.  Their programming compels them to think, act, speak and support communist / collectivist ideas while strongly objecting to being called a communist. They cannot define communism because they have not studied it under that label. If asked, a high-school graduate could not name a single plank that Karl Marx put on paper for them to read themselves. Not one in a thousand college graduates can name two of them! In a pool of such mass ignorance and biased, deliberate instruction, why do citizens wonder what is happening to our country’s freedoms and her Constitution?

Is it any wonder that high-school graduates think the United States is a “democracy” rather than a republic? They have no clue because they have had but one source for their knowledge. Their indoctrination is confirmed by every network MSM channel, nearly every college professor and by the vast majority of likewise ignorant “wet-finger” politician or con artist.

But to get along and to have many friends in our “networks” that could help us at times along the way we are told never to discuss the twin subjects of… religion and politics. Right?  It’s taboo!  Too controversial!  Too divisive!  We have all heard it and none of us can say we haven’t.  But we are told over and over and over again that we must vote, regardless of our knowledge or our own country’s Constitution.  After all, we are very busy with our lives and our careers and we keep to ourselves, even among our friends, our views on politics. But vote we must!  It is our civic obligation! We are told “our democracy” depends on our vote to function. But who would be so shallow as to suggest that a mass of ignorant and divided people can at the same time choose wisely those who will wield the force of government over us in their passing of “laws”?

Is it unreasonable to suggest that one’s civic duty would include a sound understanding of the very Constitution that our elected officials are sworn to support and defend?  Do we simply trust them?  Should we trust them?  Do they deserve to be trusted?  How will we, in our ignorance, know when they break their sworn Oaths?  Who are the wolves?  Are there wolves?  How do you know? Are we willing sheep?

Even though the great majority say they are supportive of the Constitution they still have not read it even once in their lives from beginning to end!  Are we just too busy to do that much in preparation to our voting? Are we scared?  What are we scared of?  Is it thought of as a waste of time?  Or do we “think” we know what’s in it yet we cannot quote any two of the Bill of Rights?  Why should you be thought of as a wise and informed voting citizen if you have not bothered to read it’s all too readily available text online?  Can’t read?  Won’t read?  How about an audio of it?  Would you then listen seriously to it?

When it comes to philosophy and government, people are clearly not on the same “page”.  Too many have been taught, without their awareness, a system of lies and perversions from an early age. After graduation, some escape their instruction as they grow older and learn real-world truths. But it often takes years to have to finally admit that you were deliberately hoodwinked and sold a bill of goods labeled as an “education”. We have been defrauded!

As voting citizens of one country under one national Constitution, why aren’t we more in agreement with the principles of liberty and self-government? Who is teaching us and what are they teaching us? Do we ask? Not enough it seems! We are forced to attend government schools from the age of 6, and nowadays even earlier. The teachers are government employees and most are NEA Union members. They too are forced to teach from government approved courses that they too begin to believe the more they teach from their materials. We are given “tests” that we must pass to prove we grasp what they are teaching. Good grades are naturally pushed by the school and reinforced by our (more so likely) single-parent at home because they themselves allow the “professionals” to “instruct” our children’s young brains with their approved curricula while too many are busy watching the Kardashians.

It seems we have allowed it!  It was the “law” after all.  Now, we are having hell to pay for our willful compliance.

Will our citizens wake, and through regular self-education, revive their dying freedoms in time?


2012 Factional Divisiveness Prevents US Restoration

May 18, 2016

June 29, 2012


If one thinks that the GOP leadership is the problem, the solution it seems, would be to replace them via the only means provided for within the law and their charter! It would require we solve the disconnect that seems to exist: ­ not enough numbers of educated and involved voters in the political process.

While we are all on the same side for smaller federal government, and generally smaller government everywhere, it is very clear that our numbers are both still too small and scattered. Our greatest virtue is our individualism but that also is at the root of our disunity and splintering. Think about the die­hard Libertarians, Christians who’d rather go with the Constitution Party, Independents who often refuse participation altogether, honest progressive types who support Ron Paul but again refuse to “become Republicans” and participate.

It looks to be too late in the game to nominate Dr. Paul in August, we should not abandon him or his advice to affect change within the GOP, not now, not ever!

With the greatest respect to all my brothers and sisters in this movement, each committed to their “jersey”, I offer the conclusion that our own divisions, sourced in petty differences and pride, is at the core of why we haven’t been more effective at winning the necessary primaries or dominating the GOP delegate process and completely taking over the GOP this election cycle. I blame the Libertarians the most, then many Democrats who agree with us on civil liberties and are against war and those “wars” not declared at all. Then you have those darn “independents” who hopelessly remain disengaged from any party. While many Libertarians did switch their registrations to Republican, not enough did! The same thing applies regarding the Dems. Same with the Constitution Party, etc, etc. If you will step back and do some real numbers, those who could have easily followed Dr. Paul’s recommendations early on but didn’t are just as much at fault for our present division. And here we sit arguing among ourselves over “where do we go from here”? Yes, it is frustrating.

The greatest inherent challenge that men of principle have is their ability to rally around a set of core principles, on which we can all agree, and leave the petty issues off the table for the sake of the greater common good. Realizing that war contains little good, opens the debt window wide, kills the youth of our nation, destroys buildings, property and lives of countless innocents and makes enemies out of many of our previous supporters, one would “rationally” expect a mass coalescing,  fleeing our respective affiliations, flooding the GOP with anti­war and anti­-undeclared war folks that the party leaders and platforms would have been completely replaced by virtue of sheer numbers. But that did not happen for reasons I have touched on but will not explain here.

Apart from the shallow minded troublemakers and deliberate shills for collectivism, who insist on petty divisiveness, we have much to be thankful for! Our numbers are growing in all areas and the general population is far more responsive to our message than we might think. There are expanding numbers of blacks that are vocally on our side and breaking from the “Uncle Tom” labels hurled at them. Great strides have been make in taking the GOP back to its traditional views and constitutional stances.

The assessment of our present position regarding the movement as a whole is not altogether a bad one. Progress is being made beyond the choir here. The quite literally hundreds of thousands of liberty minded people around the world active on the internet is having a positive impact. Though our numbers are still too few, our victories under the radar, our forces still too divided and lacking funding… we are gaining on the “rascals”!

That should encourage all of us to continue educating and for all informed voters to participate in the political process. Question: Would I like to see all the aforementioned persons totally abandon their “jersey” for 10 years and flood the GOP with our “troops”?

Yes! But that won’t happen due largely to pride.

Declaration of Independence

June 30, 2012

Action of Second Continental Congress, July 4, 1776

Declaration of Independence

 The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America

WHEN in the Course of human Events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political Bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the Powers of the Earth, the separate and equal Station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the Separation.

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. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient Causes; and accordingly all Experience hath shown, that Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while Evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the Forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long Train of Abuses and Usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a Design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their Right, it is their Duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future Security. Such has been the patient Sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the Necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The History of the present King of Great- Britain is a History of repeated Injuries and Usurpations, all having in direct Object the Establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid World.

HE has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public Good.

HE has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing Importance, unless suspended in their Operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

HE has refused to pass other Laws for the Accommodation of large Districts of People, unless those People would relinquish the Right of Representation in the Legislature, a Right inestimable to them, and formidable to Tyrants only.

HE has called together Legislative Bodies at Places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the Depository of their public Records, for the sole Purpose of fatiguing them into Compliance with his Measures.

HE has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly Firmness his Invasions on the Rights of the People.

HE has refused for a long Time, after such Dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of the Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the Dangers of Invasion from without, and the Convulsions within.

HE has endeavored to prevent the Population of these States; for that Purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their Migrations hither, and raising the Conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

HE has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

HE has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the Tenure of their Offices, and the Amount and Payment of their Salaries.

HE has erected a Multitude of new Offices, and sent hither Swarms of Officers to harass our People, and eat out their Substance.

HE has kept among us, in Times of Peace, Standing Armies, without the consent of our Legislatures.

HE has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

HE has combined with others to subject us to a Jurisdiction foreign to our Constitution, and unacknowledged by our Laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

FOR quartering large Bodies of Armed Troops among us;

FOR protecting them, by a mock Trial, from Punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

FOR cutting off our Trade with all Parts of the World:

FOR imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

FOR depriving us, in many Cases, of the Benefits of Trial by Jury:

FOR transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended Offences:

FOR abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighboring Province, establishing therein an arbitrary Government, and enlarging its Boundaries, so as to render it at once an Example and fit Instrument for introducing the same absolute Rules into these Colonies:

FOR taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

FOR suspending our own Legislatures and declaring themselves invested with Power to legislate for us in all Cases whatsoever.

HE has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

HE has plundered our Seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our Towns, and destroyed the Lives of our People.

HE is, at this Time, transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to complete the Works of Death, Desolation, and Tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty and Perfidy, scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous Ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized Nation.

HE has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the Executioners of their Friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

HE has excited domestic Insurrections amongst us, and has endeavored to bring on the Inhabitants of our Frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known Rule of Warfare, is an undistinguished Destruction, of all Ages, Sexes and Conditions.

IN every stage of these Oppressions we have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble Terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated Injury. A Prince, whose Character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the Ruler of a free People.

NOR have we been wanting in Attentions to our British Brethren. We have warned them from Time to Time of Attempts by their Legislature to extend an unwarrantable Jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the Circumstances of our Emigration and Settlement here. We have appealed to their native Justice and Magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the Ties of our common Kindred to disavow these Usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our Connections and Correspondence. They too have been deaf to the Voice of Justice and of Consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the Necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of Mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace, Friends.

WE, therefore, the Representatives of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, in GENERAL CONGRESS, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the World for the Rectitude of our Intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly Publish and Declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be, FREE AND INDEPENDENT STATES; that they are absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political Connection between them and the State of Great-Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as FREE AND INDEPENDENT STATES, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which INDEPENDENT STATES may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm Reliance on the Protection of divineProvidence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

                                                                   John Hancock
GEORGIA: Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton.
NORTH CAROLINA: William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn.
SOUTH CAROLINA: Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton.
MARYLAND: Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll, of Carrollton.
VIRGINIA: George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton.
PENNSYLVANIA: Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, Jason Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross.
DELAWARE: Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean
NEW YORK: William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Frank Lewis, Lewis Morris.
NEW JERSEY: Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark.
NEW HAMPSHIRE: Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton.
MASSACHUSETTS: Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry.
RHODE ISLAND: C. Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery.
CONNECTICUT: Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott.

Notes:  Fifty-six (56) signers; 27 stated reasons for the declaration.

Did You Hear Our Propaganda Today?

June 16, 2012

I thought I would share the latest prearranged installment of campaign double speak.  The email below, written and approved many days in advance, arrived at 6:30 pm, shortly after Obama’s speech in the important swing state of Ohio.

Filled with the usual and customary emotional trigger words and short on specifics, it makes its expected “appeal” to one’s emotions and would not be complete without an appeal to get into your wallet!  It’s a typical fundraising letter, filled with hysteria, fear and empty promises they can’t live up to.

From David Axelrod and the Obama campaign.
“Keep this message at the top of your inbox”
Did you hear the President today?

This is a make-or-break moment for middle-class Americans — and anyone who cares needs to watch the speech President Obama made in Cleveland today.  (the clear implication is that if you don’t or haven’t watched their speech propaganda, then you don’t care about the middle-class! Why single out “the middle-class”? What happened to the “general” welfare?)

In this election, we face a choice between two fundamentally different visions of how to grow the economy. The path Mitt Romney and his Republican allies want to take us down is exactly the one that led us to the 2008 crisis. We have to reject those policies and embrace the President’s vision of growing the economy, not from the top down, but from the middle class out. (one has to believe that both candidates want to actually grow the economy.  Neither candidate’s plans, actions, or historical evidence is proof that they do.  Obama and Romney have proven their clear willingness to grow government ever larger and ever more comprehensive, taxing and spending more and more, not less and less.  Equally poor serfs is always the game of tyrants.)

The choice couldn’t be clearer on the issues most important to ordinary Americans:  (really? ordinary Americans? Or just collectivists and progressives?)
– Better Education: We need to invest in good teachers and help more students go to college and get job training — not pack kids into classrooms and slash scholarships. (central planning has ruined education since the early 60’s but yet the proposed solutions are to intervene, borrow and spend even more? The answer is the exact opposite. )
– More, Cleaner Energy: We need to invest in promising new sources of energy to create a market for innovation and good jobs of the future — not go back to relying on foreign oil. (not go back to foreign oil? Stop shutting off our own oil production and we wouldn’t rely on others)
– Leading Through Innovation: We need to invest in our best scientists, researchers, and entrepreneurs so they innovate here — not cede new ideas to countries like China and India. (ideas and research do start here and plenty of them but onerous federal regulation will drive out the manufacturing to less onerous countries).
– Job-Creating Infrastructure: We need roads, bridges, ports, and broadband technology that attract businesses that will create jobs here — not more pet projects and bridges to nowhere.  (pet projects like Solyndra?)
– Fair, Simple Tax Reform: We need to reward businesses that create jobs here instead of rewarding outsourcing, and must ask the wealthiest to pay their fair share again — not sacrifice investments critical to the middle class. (what about the poor? Don’t you care about them anymore? First they came to help the poor and now we have poverty.  Now they want to help the middle-class?)

This economic crisis didn’t start in 2008.  For more than a decade before, we knew things weren’t working the way they should.  We saw costs for everything from health care to education rising faster than wages.  Good-paying, middle-class jobs were becoming harder to find, as more and more companies moved production overseas. (Oh yes, I remember. The Democrats helped pass CAFTA and NAFTA that wiped out our textile jobs here at home and many were union jobs.  Are we being taken again?)

The other side’s solution was the same then as it is now — massive tax cuts benefiting mainly the wealthy, rolling back regulations on risky behavior for Wall Street and banks, and slashes to services that the middle class depends on, like Medicare, education, and job training.  A decade ago, Bill Clinton left a record surplus.  But the last administration put two wars, two huge tax cuts, and the Medicare prescription program on a credit card, and handed President Obama a trillion dollar deficit and a raging economic crisis. (and Obama thinks more taxing of the rich, more regulating of markets, bailing out banks and business with borrowed money, expanding Medicare, education and job training, more debt, more borrowing and printing, more wars and an all powerful central government will fix all our ills?)

Incredibly, Romney and his allies want to go back to those same, disastrous policies: budget-busting tax cuts for the wealthy and free rein for Wall Street to write its own rules.  We tried Mitt Romney’s failed formula for most of the last decade.  It benefited a few, but exploded the deficit, crashed our economy, and devastated the middle class.  It didn’t grow our economy, create good jobs, or pay down our debt — it did the opposite. And it won’t work this time around either: Independent economists confirm that Romney’s plan wouldn’t cut the deficit, or even create a single job now — in fact, it could slow growth and push us back into recession. (you mean the same one’s that didn’t call for an Audit of the Federal Reserve fraud when you guys were in power? Are you calling for an Audit today? NO, you are not! There is so much garbage in this paragraph I’d have to write a book to correct it)

Today the President laid out a very different vision, one where everyone — no matter who you are, where you’re from, or how big your bank account is — pitches in (how’s this “pitching in” thing gonna work?) together to rebuild the foundations of our country and economy.  Instead of another $250,000 tax cut for millionaires, Obama believes we should pay down our debt (he is demanding we do the opposite) and invest in the things we know we need to grow the economy (government is a bad investment) and strengthen the middle class.  That means restoring and upgrading our crumbling infrastructure, investing in education, paying down our debt responsibly, and yes, asking the wealthiest Americans to pay a little more.  This approach requires tough choices and shared sacrifice — exactly how we built the American economy in the first place. (no, it was not built on any such nonsense. It was built on freedom, production and wealth.)

As supporters, it’s on us to get this message out there.

Watch the President’s speech, and share it with your friends, family — heck, share it with everyone you know. There’s even a helpful printout you can download and pass around:



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Freedom of Choice! Its Roots and Relevance

April 17, 2012

One Man’s Opinion

By:  Gary Hardee
Date:  4/17/2012

On a purely personal level, the evidence that a Supreme Being, Divine Providence, God or whatever one chooses to call it, is hard to miss.

As for me, God makes the most sense. A God that promotes love over hate, choice over force, forgiveness over persecution, truth over lies, principles over situation ethics, personal responsibility over blaming others, laws over do what “feels” right, discipline over aimlessness, order over chaos and justice over wanton violence and suffering,  is consistent with Divine Providence and all major religious schools of thought. A “god” that promotes the later in each case is not a god that is worthy of emulation or following.

Is it wrong to embrace freely all the better values listed above? Put another way, would a wise man seek to embrace and practice such good values on his own?  Criminals surely do not obey or embrace all, some or any of them.  Criminal minds opt for the later in some cases. Twisting these concepts to “fit” their decisions, the criminal justifies their actions even if acted out in the spur of the moment.

A free person must have choice. If his ability to choose is denied – is he truly free? So where does a free man’s choice end? Can he choose to do anything he wants at any time he wants with anyone or anything he wants if no one is forced involuntarily to take part or have their natural rights affected? The basic answer is yes! Now you might disagree, but that’s your choice as well. I seek not to force my views upon anyone but “choose” to use the power of persuasion. Some fundamentalists feel they are justified to use force to impose their “standards” on others; denying others both their choices and the accompanying “price” they naturally “pay” for their choices. This attitude tends to spring from a more “group” or “collectivist” view that should a majority say it should be law (force) then it is a moral law. I totally reject this view!

The funny thing about God is that “force” has NEVER been his weapon. He seeks not to “control” us but to teach us lessons by allowing us to suffer from our bad choices while we prosper and become happier with our good ones.

All religions aside, I believe the “Ten Commandments” were not given to deny us choice but to strongly suggests for us what is good to voluntarily embrace. Perhaps it is a view into the “mind of God” if you will.  For He surely knew mankind needed something to be “brought to their senses”. No better guidance than these exist for man to follow. But will mankind follow each one if they are “legislated” by government and become punishable under “law”? Not a chance! Many are and still yet “violations” occur every second of every day. Take American football or golfing for others – on Sunday. “No other Gods before me…”, “Remember the Sabbath and keep it Holy”.  What about the crass commercialization of Jesus’ birthday celebrated as Christmas or even the “Easter Bunny” and hunting eggs when celebrating Jesus’ resurrection? Appropriate? Again, it’s your choice but don’t think it doesn’t come without its subtle, “unintended” consequences.

Violations and perversions of these “Ten” existed before being “published”. And no matter the laws have been passed, they continue today. God’s judgment is immediate in some cases and delayed in others. The results are visible and private, often far-reaching yet in most instances very personal. But it is clear to me that all societies, to the extent their members choose to violate them, experience His judgment as their societies become more corrupt, unprincipled, lawless, unloving, irresponsible, undisciplined, restrictive and regimented and unforgiving.

Virtually every evil that a society suffers can be traced back to one or more violations of these “Ten”.  It is universally accepted that no man is perfect and that indeed “ALL have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God!” In the marketplace of virtues, the least purchased item may well be “Humility”.

Your comments are welcome!

Just Principles and the Discussion of Issues

December 14, 2011

By Gary Hardee

It is impossible to argue that government has not grown larger and more comprehensive in its cost and control over people and businesses. Anyone who has even a modicum of historical knowledge must at least admit that. Debates can be had all day long about why, its purported justifications and whether this growth contributes to the general welfare of its citizens.

News and commentary abound on this subject and with the advent of the internet, the “global human community” with its disparate knowledge serves as the greatest opportunity for mankind to share and converse on the pros and cons of the smallest minutia of government action or inaction, policies or laws.

While emotional, logical and even ugly at times, it should not stop one from participation in these discussions. Failure to participate and learn along the way leaves the outcome to others, as popular opinions on issues are worked out on this grand internet stage.

History has clearly shown also that a majority of humans do not participate in this exercise, but that may be changing as we begin to examine more openly  the connections between our challenges to live in peace and prosper as free human beings on this awesome planet and the always shifting and increasing government controls and costs.

As with any discussion over command and control of our lives and society, some fundamental agreements must be arrived at and serve as the guiding foundation. Failure to agree on the most basic of human principles also ends any possible further agreements wherein we seek to improve the general welfare of all.

With that in mind, the first principle we should agree on is: “You don’t own any part of me and I don’t own any part of you”.

The second principle we should agree on is: “I cannot force my will on you and you cannot force your will on me”.

The third principle we should agree on is: “Each individual is free to make their own choices in life, with or without the advice or permission of any other”.

The fourth principle we should agree on is: “Each individual is free to use their time in any manner they wish to achieve or live according to their own goals and standards”.

The fifth principle we should agree on is: “No human being has the power to compel another through force to be deprived of their time, labor, production, or any other real or imagined skill or byproduct thereof, that was obtained of free will during honest and ethical agreements, contracts, or commerce.”

The last one for now we should agree on is: “These principles will henceforth be referred to as “Just Principles” as they acknowledge the inherent freedoms each human has for their general welfare and therefore society as a whole and that any “laws” or governmental systems that may be considered for implementation must not violate in whole or in part any of these Just Principles and any such additional agreements should have as their direct object the protection, expansion and enhancement of these just principles without compromise.

While you might think of some others on your own, the main point is that we can now begin to look at the larger issues that are debated or that plague our world and the various societies and cultures that have been organized or practiced. This would necessarily include religious doctrine, philosophy, political systems, economics, education, reproduction, health and medical services, drugs, drug usage, the drug industry, corporatism, government-private partnerships and their operations and efficacy and any other issue wherein a person’s Just Principles are involved.

I look forward to a healthy and adult conversation on this subject and welcome your comments and suggestions below.

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