The Declaration of Independence 2010

by Russell D. Longcore

 

Envision this scene: A group of patriots gather in a hall in Philadelphia in a steamy late-June 1776 to make plans for a secession…a revolution. So they set about enumerating the many acts of tyranny committed by King George and his minions against the British citizens of the colonies.

 

A Virginia aristocrat named Thomas Jefferson was given the task of drafting the document. In mere days, he writes a document which will come to be regarded as the most important statement of human freedom in the history of mankind.

 

Many scholars believe that Jefferson meant for the Declaration of Independence to be performed, not just read by individuals. The flow of the words and the cadence of the phrases are an invitation to the human voice and the human ear.

 

The greatest value of the Declaration of Independence is its function as a compass needle, pointing always to that true north of the ideals declared within it. No matter how far We the People have strayed from its ideals, we have only to acknowledge our errors and return to the fundamental values published therein. For only in this document do we find the template for human liberty and governance.

 

Fulfilling the goals of any Declaration of Independence is a struggle that demands constant vigilance. We have all borne the tyranny visited upon us when we have taken our eyes off liberty’s compass. And though the struggle to return to true liberty may be perilous and arduous, it will also be ennobling. We still desire the sweet fruits of liberty, and our progeny still need heroes.

 

It is with great pleasure and pride that I present to you an interpretive reading of the 1776 Declaration of Independence. May liberty-loving men and women re-dedicate their Lives, their Fortunes and their Sacred Honor to the quest to be Free and Independent States once more.

 

 

Government Aggravated Tragedyby Walter Williams When Thomas Paine said, "(G)overnment, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one." He added that when it's self-inflicted, "(O)ur calamity is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer." The Gulf of Mexico disaster has been made worse because of Washington acts similar to Great Britain's tyrannical acts that caused our founders to rise up in rebellion in 1776. Let's look at it. The Navigation Act was that name given to laws that regulated trade and commerce between Great Britain and its colonies. First enacted in 1651, and often amended, the law stipulated that no merchandise was to be carried to Britain or its colonies except by British ships built and manned by British subjects. The act stifled American manufacturing, increased the cost of goods and gave rise to smuggling and increased resentment against the mother country. The purpose of the mercantilist Navigation Act was to protect and enrich British interests. You say, "Williams, the history lesson is nice but what does it have to do with the Gulf oil disaster?" Foreign companies, with extensive successful experience in oil spill cleanups, have offered their services but have been refused by Washington. Why? A Coast Guard spokesman said that Belgian, Dutch and Norwegian vessels are being barred from the Gulf region because they "do not meet the operational requirements of the Unified Area Command." That's another way to say that the 1920 Jones Act, a protectionist law not unlike Britain's Navigation Act, requires vessels working in U.S. waters be built in the U.S. and be crewed by U.S. workers. James Carafano, researcher at the Heritage Foundation, said, "The unions see it as … protecting jobs. They hate when the Jones Act gets waived, and they pound on politicians when they do that." Carafano asks, "So are we giving in to unions and not doing everything we can, or is there some kind of impediment that we don't know about?" President Obama has the power to waive the Jones Act to allow foreign vessels and crews to bring their expertise to the Gulf cleanup, but he fears angering American labor unions. Read more... {jcomments on}

Seed capital

by Sarge

 

Bail-out is a term used when there’s sufficient cause to abandon a position or as originally used, to jump from an airplane, preferably with a parachute. Now, in financial circles it means to be covered by governmental funds ensuring that your failure and incompetence as a business person doesn’t adversely affect the economy. Money is supplied from public funds (taxpayer dollars) to prevent the guilty from suffering the consequences of their actions.

 

Years ago I tried to sell insurance. I was a better writer than I was a salesman. Some people rate insurance salespeople slightly above used car salesmen but, they work hard at selling a service/commodity so many people believe they have no need for in life. Nothing could be further from the truth. No matter what the case, your loss will remain a loss without insurance to buffer the financial damage and replacement costs. Insurance once was a matter of taking a risk based on Actuarial Tables (statistics) to gauge the relative risk of issuing the policy. Risk is the factor, thing or element or course of action involving uncertain dangers. Action: you fly – Risk: you might crash.

 

Simple don’t you think? Not anymore.

 

Now people expect guarantees. They want assurances of success. They accept few challenges without the acknowledgement they’ll not fail. It’s like nobody has the stones to try anymore unless Mommy and Daddy will make it better if it flops like a fish out of water. And more and more Mommy and Daddy are teaching the kids the mess will be cleaned up by somebody but not necessarily the guilty party.

State Sovereignty in the Face of Ruin and Key Principles

by Ben Faulkner

 

By all accounts, the past several weeks have been an extraordinarily difficult span of time for the residents of the coastal areas of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and western Florida. A toxic combination of crude oil along with multiple gasses and chemicals continues to spew unabated into the Gulf of Mexico, the full impact of which is still a giant unknown. Tar balls are washing ashore along the seaboard and crude is oozing into marshes, while fishing has come to grinding halt. Amidst this disaster, a number of troubling stories have begun circulating (some confirmed and some remaining anecdotal) of a media blackout underway along stretches of beach, of troop deployments, of possibly using a tactical nuke to seal the fissure, and of the federal government preventing the impacted States and local communities in some instances from taking the necessary actions to prevent the sludge from making landfall or entering estuaries. Some reports have begun to suggest that scope of this event is several orders of magnitude greater than we are presently being told, a fact which certainly could be a plausible explanation for the effort to tightly control the flow of information from the region.

 

It is entirely possible that the oil itself is not necessarily the greatest danger afoot in this calamity. Flowing hydrogen sulfide, benzene, dichloromethane, vanadium and the oil-dispersant chemicals employed by BP are rendering parts of the Gulf a veritable grab back of phase-changing poisons. What effect the prevailing winds or a hurricane would have in moving these compounds landside is the billion dollar question at this point. The President is slated to address the public this evening on the disaster, but in all likelihood, he will make no mention whatsoever of the prospect of large-scale evacuations that some are suggesting may take place in the none-too-distant future. I for one do not care to speculate what the coming weeks might hold for the Gulf Region, but an honest assessment at the moment is looking grim.