The Founders knew that no piece of paper could ensure liberty. Only a people steeped in the principles that animated the Declaration could do that. Further, liberty depended not upon individuals living in isolation but on what Edmund Burke called the "little platoons" of society: families, religious congregations, and other voluntary associations. The Founders believed that if the institutions of civic virtue remained free and strong, the American people would remain self-governing and free.
Conservatives believe that America is an exceptional nation because, unlike any other nation, it is founded on an idea -- the idea that "all men are created equal" and are endowed by their creator with "certain unalienable rights," among them life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. To secure these rights, a government is given "just powers from the consent of the governed."
In these first few words of our Declaration of Independence, we find the first principles that have guided America for nearly two and a half centuries -- liberty and equality, individual rights and limited government. The idea that political power ultimately rest with the people and not with any monarch or parliament was truly revolutionary.
The Constitution builds on the idea that "We the people" are sovereign. But who were the "people" in whom the Founders had such confidence? "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people," John Adams said. "It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."
Our form of republican government, he was saying, requires not merely the consent of the governed but their ability to govern themselves. So the first duty of the people is to ensure that they remain a moral people.
The Founders knew that no piece of paper could ensure liberty. Only a people steeped in the principles that animated the Declaration could do that.
Further, liberty depended not upon individuals living in isolation but on what Edmund Burke called the "little platoons" of society: families, religious congregations, and other voluntary associations. The Founders believed that if the institutions of civic virtue remained free and strong, the American people would remain self-governing and free.
But freedom is not guaranteed. As Ronald Reagan said, freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. So the second duty of the people is the pass the torch of freedom to the next generation.
Many on the Left claim to favor civil society. But "Progressives" see the maintenance of civil society as the primary responsibility of government -- giving it the right to speak for the people and to assert a moral authority greater than that of the people. Progressives argue that only the state can produce good works. This assertion is roundly rejected by conservatives, who point, for example, to the trillion-dollar failure of the "Great Society" to end poverty.
Big Government invariably weakens and even impoverishes the people in body and spirit. In sharp contrast, the little platoons of society -- our families, our churches, our communities -- strength and enrich all our lives.
The lesson is clear: government must encourage these social institutions if it wishes to foster a civil society based on a free, independent and patriotic people.
The third duty of the people, then, is to remain faithful to the first principles of liberty and equality, individual rights and limited government, to nourish the family and the other little platoons of society, and to encourage a love of country.
In his Farewell Address, President Reagan called on the nation to foster what he called "informed patriotism." Patriotism, he said, had to be "well grounded" in popular culture and to recognize that "America is freedom ... and freedom is special and rare."
American freedom, he declared, began with the American memory, and if that was not preserved, the result would be the erosion of the American spirit.
Where does the preservation begin? he asked. In the home and around the kitchen table. If parents haven't been teaching their children what it means to be an American, Reagan said, they have failed in their obligation to be good parents.
It is critical that we know and study the Constitution so that we can defend what we have achieved under it -- a government of, by, and for the people. We must pass along our history to the next generation so as to preserve the ordered liberty bequeathed to us by the Founders.
Ed Feulner is founder of The Heritage Foundation (www.heritage.org), the nation’s most broadly supported public policy research institute, with hundreds of thousands of individual, foundation and corporate donors. Heritage, founded in February 1973, has a staff of 275 and an annual expense budget of $82.4 million. Our mission is to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense. Read More
According to independent estimates, regulation costs us more than $2 trillion annually. Yes, “trillion” with a “t” — 12 zeroes. That’s more money than the IRS collects in income taxes each year. In just the past eight years, the Obama administration issued more than 22,700 rules, with just the biggest ones increasing the annual regulatory costs by some $120 billion.
Religious Aliens. Say we find life on another planet. How might the world’s religions respond? Perhaps you consider that a good question, but I’m hoping you agree that NASA’s Astrobiology Program had no business giving more than $1.1 million to the Center of Theological Inquiry to find an answer.
But the EPA’s report isn’t the only one that exonerates fracking. Officials at the U.S. Department of Energy, and at the U.S. Geological Survey, have also said that there is simply no evidence of widespread contamination due to fracking.
Their final concern was that a Bill of Rights might confuse people about the origin of their rights. The Declaration of Independence had already made it clear that our rights are inalienable because they are endowed by God. Government’s job isn’t to grant them, it’s to protect them. They felt a list of rights might inadvertently enforce the wrong idea.
Since 2004 he has been writing academic articles, social commentaries and photographic 'Stories from China' both here at KingsCalendar, and formerly as a contributing columnist at Magic City Morning Star News (Maine USA) where from 2009 to 2015 he was Stand-in Editor. He currently has a column at iPatriot.com and teaches English to Business English and Flight Attendant College Students in Suzhou City Jiangsu Province People's Republic of China.)
BenDedek originally created the site to publicize his research results into the Chronology of Ancient Israel. Those results were published under the title: 'The King's Calendar: The Secret of Qumran.' Whilst there have been many attempts to solve the chronological riddle of the Bible's synchronisms of reigns of the kings of Israel and Judah and their synchronism with other Ancient Near Eastern Nations, no other research is based on a simple mathematical formula which could, if it is incorrect, be disproved easily. To date, no one has been able to dismiss the mathematical results of this research.
Free to air Academic articles set forth Apologetics for and results of his discovery of an "artificial chronological scheme" running through the Bible, Josephus, the Damascus Documents of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and Seder Olam Rabbah. Check the Chapter Precis Page to see details of each chapter and to gain access to the Four Free to Air Chapters
(The Download book does not contain a section on Seder Olam)
Definition: King's Calendar Chronological Research
The Premise: Between the 5th and 3rd centuries BCE (but continuing down to at least 104 BCE), Sectarian redactors transcribed the legitimate 'solar year' chronological records of Israel and Judah, into an artificial form, with listed years as each comprised of 12 months of 4 weeks of 7 days, or 336 days per year, thus creating a 13th artificial year where 12 solar years existed.
When the Synchronous Chronological Data provided in the Books of Kings and Chronicles for the Divided Kingdom Period are measured in years of 336 days, the synchronisms actually align. [Refer to Appendix 5. to see how it synchronises the Divided Kingdom Period]