Wednesday, July 4, 2012

"Individualism vs. Collectivism: Our Future, Our Choice" by Craig Biddle

Politics is one of the battlefields where philosophic ideas are fought for. Individualism and collectivism are at the heart of many of the current high profile, vitally important issues we face from health care to taxation to public education. Who do you, your efforts, and your property belong to? You or society? Have we forgotten what freedom is? Great read.

"Individualism vs. Collectivism: Our Future, Our Choice" by Craig Biddle

Monday, July 2, 2012

The Declaration And Its Applicability Today

My Friend Ty Hicks posted this earlier today...great words from  Calvin Coolidge about the Declaration and the foresight of our Founders.

Declaration (Photo credit: Robert Hruzek)
"About the Declaration there is a finality that is exceedingly restful. It is often asserted that the world has made a great deal of progress since 1776, that we have had new thoughts and new experiences which have given us a great advance over the people of that day, and that we may therefore very well discard their conclusions for something more modern. But that reasoning can not be applied to this great charter. If all men are created equal, that is final. If they are endowed with inalienable rights, that is final. If governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, that is final. No advance, no progress can be made beyond these propositions. If anyone wishes to deny their truth or their soundness, the only direction in 
which he can proceed historically is not forward, but backward toward the time when there was no equality, no rights of the individual, no rule of the people. Those who wish to proceed in that direction can not lay claim to progress. They are reactionary. Their ideas are not more modern, but more ancient, than those of the Revolutionary fathers...."

Have a great week and a fantastic 4th of July. Think about the real meaning of freedom and liberty. Are we as free as they were determined to be in 1776? Or has our nation allowed our freedom to be taken away from us, bit by bit?

Let's not let it go.
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