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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.

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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!

Congresswoman Frederica Wilson – Oath Breaker?

April 1, 2012

Written by: Gary Hardee
Date: 4/1/2012

The citizens of the 17th Congressional District of Florida have a real challenge; externally and internally.  Externally,  she is your “Congressman”  –  internally, because a majority of you voted for her.

It has been often said that we get the kind of government we deserve. I disagree! But we do get the kind of government we allow as defined by the principles we hold. Indeed we allow many violations of those principles partly because are simply too busy trying to make a living and enjoy our lives and often the misplaced trust in government. But one thing is for sure! We have failed to learn the lessons of history!

You are about to read a recent email sent, in its entirety, from Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, a Florida Congressman from the 17th District. Notice as you read her communication, the absence of any reference to the Constitution or free-enterprise or limited government or defined powers or powers reserved to the states or ANY limitations AT ALL on what the government can do while specifically speaking about the “Affordable Care Act”!

To any citizen, having character and principles, who understands it is good to restrain government power from doing certain things, her email smacks of pure betrayal! Betrayal of her oath of office to adhere to any limits! Betrayal of her promise to the people of her district! Betrayal of the State of Florida and her retained powers to act independently of Washington, DC.  Betrayal of every dead and wounded soldier who has fought to defend our Constitution and republic dating all the way back to Valley Forge and to the founders of this great nation! Betrayal is the mildest term usable!

The ACA, “Obamacareless”, as I like to call it, is the single largest advance of collectivism this nation has ever seen. A line by line examination of the ACA reveals a thoroughly UNconstitutional document that eviscerates clearly written powers and limitations.  By its simple passage in 2010, it reveals that the people of her district know little to nothing or care even less, about restraining government at all!

So to the people of the 17th District I say, you have a real problem! If you elect a person that lies to you about obeying her oath, a person who has no excuse for not knowing the Constitution, inside and out, yet who totally ignores this pact with the people – it reflects far worse on your character and your knowledge than on Ms. Wilson. That you would first elect such a person is bad enough and for you to re-elect for a second term places total blame at your feet! While she will truly object to the charge of being a communist, there is no dispute that she is a collectivist without limits! Her reelection will transfer those labels onto you and the people of your District!

Here is her disgusting letter:

Dear Friend,

March 23, 2012 marked the two-year anniversary of the enactment of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama. The ACA provides better health security by putting in place comprehensive health insurance reforms that hold insurance companies accountable, lower health care costs, guarantee more choice, and enhance the quality of care for all Americans.

Because the ACA encompasses significant regulatory reforms, all of its provisions could not be implemented all at once. Portions of the law have already taken effect like provisions that implement a new Patient’s Bill of Rights that put an end to some of the worst insurance company practices, such as canceling your policy, denying you coverage, or charging women differently than men.

I agree with President Obama that you should not have to fear going bankrupt because you get sick or somebody in your family gets sick. In Congress, I will continue to fight any efforts to turn back the clock and repeal the ACA. Health care reform has been long overdue in this country, and now is the time we must see it through to completion so that healthcare in Florida and the rest of the nation is accessible and more affordable to all.

If you have any questions about provisions in the Affordable Care Act, please visit www.healthcare.gov or feel free to contact my office.

Sincerely,

Frederica S. Wilson
Congresswoman, 17th District of Florida

WHAT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT HAS DONE FOR YOU SINCE 2010:

Protection from discrimination against children with pre-existing conditions:
Under the ACA, insurance plans that cover children can no longer exclude, limit or deny coverage to your child under age 19 solely based on a health problem or disability that your child developed before you applied for coverage.

In District 17, up to 41,000 children with preexisting health conditions can no longer be denied coverage by health insurers.

New Coverage Options for Individuals with a Pre-Existing Condition:
A Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) provides new coverage options to individuals who have been uninsured for at least six months because of a pre-existing condition.

Protection for women:
Under ACA, you can no longer be dropped by your insurance company if you become pregnant or become sick. New plans now offer free coverage for important, life-saving preventive services, such as mammograms and colonoscopies. Additionally, older women with chronic conditions receive improved care due to incentives provided for more coordinated care efforts under Medicare.

Protection for seniors:
Seniors who reach the “donut hole” will receive a 50 percent discount when buying Medicare Part D covered brand-name prescription drugs.

4,200 seniors in the district received prescription drug discounts worth $2.5 million, an average discount of $590 per senior. By 2020, the law will close the donut hole.

Protection for young people and minority youth:
Under the ACA, young adults can stay on their parents’ health insurance plan until the age of 26.

6,600 young adults in District 17 now have health insurance through their parents’ plans.

Free Preventive Care Services:
Under the ACA, health plans must cover certain preventive services such as mammograms and colonoscopies without charging a deductible, co-pay or coinsurance. Seniors also receive a free Annual Wellness Visit under Medicare.

62,000 seniors in the district received Medicare preventive services without paying any co-pays, coinsurance, or deductibles.

80,000 residents in District 17 have benefited from this change, including 19,000 children, 31,000 women, and 69,000 residents who are African American, Latino, or a part of other minority groups for whom preventative care can reduce health disparities.

Protection from unreasonable cost increases and lifetime limits:
If you have private insurance, you will not have unreasonable premium increases, lifetime limits or lose your insurance when you or a family member gets sick.

Before the ACA, 105 million Americans were in health insurance plans that had lifetime limits. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that 70 million people in large employer plans, 25 million people in small employer plans and 10 million people with individually-purchased health insurance had lifetime limits on their health benefits prior to the enactment of the ACA.

In District 17 alone, 270,000 residents with private health insurance coverage are now protected from rescission of their health coverage if they get sick; and 150,000 people in health care plans no longer have lifetime limits imposed on them.

Additionally, your insurance company must now spend at least 80 percent of your premium covering medical services – rather than CEO pay, profits, and administrative costs. As of this summer, if your insurer fails the test, you get a rebate.

The ACA protects individuals from soaring health insurance costs by requiring insurers to post and justify proposed rate increases of 10 percent or more. It also limits the amount that insurance companies can spend on administrative expenses and profits. 110,000 residents who have individual coverage or employer coverage are benefiting from these provisions.

Protection for small businesses:
Your small business can take advantage of tax breaks to provide quality, affordable health insurance for your employees.

The first phase of this provision provides a credit worth up to 35 percent of the employer’s contribution to their employees’ health insurance. Small non-profit organizations may receive up to a 25 percent credit.

720 small businesses in District 17 received tax credits to help maintain or expand health care coverage for their employees.

Improving community health:
Financial support is provided to improve the health of communities.

$1 million in public health grants have been given to community health centers, hospitals, doctors, and other healthcare providers in the district to improve the community’s health.


WHAT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WILL DO FOR YOU IN THE FUTURE:
Easy-to-understand summary of benefits:
Policies must provide an easy-to-understand summary of benefits of coverage to consumers, including a standardized “coverage examples” section that uses a format modeled on the nutrition facts label for food.

Insurance exchanges:
Starting in 2014, you will be able to shop for insurance through an exchange that allows you to compare private health plans, determine if you are eligible for health programs or tax credits, and enroll in a program that meets your needs. For small employers, the exchange would also be a place where you have a better choice of plans and insurers at a lower cost, like larger employers do.

Protection for women:
In 2014, being a woman can no longer be treated as a “pre-existing condition” by insurance companies, meaning women cannot be charged substantially higher premiums than men for the same coverage.

Encouraging Integrated Health Systems:
The ACA will provide incentives for physicians to join together to form “Accountable Care Organizations.” In these groups, doctors can better coordinate patient care and improve quality, help prevent disease and illness, and reduce unnecessary hospital admissions. If Accountable Care Organizations provide high quality care and reduce costs to the health care system, they can keep some of the money that they have helped save.

Additional funding for important social services:
Important programs like Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) will receive additional funding.

Protection from discrimination against all patients with pre-existing conditions:
Health insurers will be prohibited from discriminating against all adults and children with pre-existing conditions, which will protect the 100,000 to 280,000 individuals in the district with a pre-existing health condition.

*The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provided the Florida statewide data for the Affordable Care Act. The fact-sheet can be found here:
 http://www.healthcare.gov/law/resources/fl.html

*The data sources on the Affordable Care Act’s impact on District 17 can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/bqhzs9t

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The U.S. Constitution Explained!

December 14, 2011

Part 1

Intro & The Preamble

By Gary Hardee

Why attempt to explain something that changes from day-to-day or year over year? Seems rather difficult and is temporarily correct at best!  When, for instance, does the word “car” mean one thing one year and something else in another. Advancements and improvements are made as knowledge, technology, manufacturing processes and consumer preferences change. But a car is still a car, isn’t it? Let’s try “apple”.  Not the computer but the fruit. It really never changes and cannot be confused with a banana.

The wonderful thing about the US Constitution is that it is fixed and determined. Absolute, firm and precise! At the same time, its authors provided for ways to change it but under a very strict and precise process. This if used wisely, is a good thing too! But it is not arbitrary or random nor subject to interpretations different from its words and intent.

Limits and predictability are things of virtue and reliance; things upon which we need worry little about. We understand and appreciate anything that serves us well. But when someone twists a washing machine into a lawnmower it would be the height of idiocy to expect it to wash our clothes any longer and cannot be viewed as a washing machine.

The Constitution of the United States has a design and a purpose. What is that purpose? It is to promote the general welfare! Do you doubt that? Have you ever asked yourself: What is a Preamble? Here is the definition followed by the Preamble of the US Constitution itself.

Preamble: “1. a preliminary or introductory statement, esp. attached to a statute or constitution setting forth its purpose(s)”.

The Preamble of the U S Constitution

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

There are six goals of the Constitution. Each of the goals are noble and support the best interests of the general welfare of the people of these United States. It is very important to note the word “general” as opposed to “specific” or ‘targeted”.  It would be totally illogical to say you are for the general welfare of a people and at the same time allow for the specific welfare of one over another.

One thing is for sure; government is force. There are two types of force; justified and unjustified. Any use of force, by a government or individual, needs justification to be considered ethical and moral. The only justification in the use of force by government must be in agreement with the Preamble.

  1. To improve upon the Articles of Confederation. (n/a)
  2. Establish Justice
  3. Insure domestic Tranquility
  4. Provide for the Common Defense
  5. Promote the General Welfare
  6. Secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity

As they clearly said; it is for these reasons and purposes that it is ordained and established. Is there any remaining doubt about the founders’ intent? Is it proper to take any clause, statement or paragraph, contained within its text, to mean something that is damaging to these stated goals? Is it not also equally logical to conclude that if we abide and adhere to the specific terms within the Constitution itself, that the goals in the preamble will be best attained?

To allow for necessary changes to expand and enhance these goals the founders included the process and provisions to amend the text.  Is it then proper to adopt amendments that hurt or diminish the goals laid out in the Preamble?

Amendments have come and gone. Old amendments revoked or modified while entire new ones have been added. If the voting citizens understand why it is important to stay true to the Constitution, our elected officials would as well and we would once again reap the Blessings of Liberty.

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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