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POLITICS - DB4. Links between the Declaration & the Constitution

 

The Declaration states that the ultimate purpose of a government is to provide security in respect to a citizens god entitled inherent and inalienable rights. The power of a government to accomplish this goal is derived by the consent of the governed.

"The Declaration of Independence and the preamble to the U.S. Constitution together create a people, define the kind of people they are or wish to become, and establish a government. The Constitution describes the institutions for collective decision making" -Excerpt from the Origins of American Constitutionalism by Donald Lutz 

The founding fathers in drawing up our constitution came at it informed by the previous governments that they had experience in their early experiences with governments among the colonies. They were also well studied in the form of government that had been instituted throughout human history. In these debates and discussions the few organizing principles that prevailed in fulfilling the infrastructure of our country as we know and intuitively seem to understand today as Americans are republicanism, federalism, separation of powers and checks and balances. These aspects of government were selected and integrated together in formulation of our current official method of government. The core of the debate for these ratifications seemed to shape the essence of the constitution itself as many framers varied greatly in background yet formed out of that diversity a common capacity to compromise within the framework of our government while maintaining a strict adherence to the meaning invoked through the Declaration of Independence.

It seems that in order to fulfill the mutual interest of the society at large these principles were the best in form to ensure such liberties. Providing representation through election, Shared and balance government between both a national and local formations of government, shared power in legislative branches formed to separate powers through check and balances of each other in conjunction with majority vote. This seems to me just plain genius. I'm an American.

The only addition that I would recommend to our current form of government would be another branch. It would be the house of the people. We would be given a chance to log in to an online secure system and make vote on all current agendas. This would reassert direct democracy into our government in the form of a 4th dimension of check and balance. I believe now do to advances in our ability to interact, inform and connect this is necessary and would be advantageous to the overall health of our political system. I believe if the framers of our government had an internet they would have implement a 4th house for the people, of the people, by the people. Essentially this branch does already exist but we only convene once in a while to vote for our elected officials or to gather petitions. I feel the power has moved to far out of the private citizens hands and that this would be the best way to remedy it.

 

 

Last edited on: October 2, 2011 7:52 PM 

POLITICS - DB3. Use Your Illusion

If a friend of mine tells me that they feel that they can do pretty much whatever they want to, because the Declaration of Independence says that one inalienable right is the right to "the pursuit of happiness", I would ask them where it is they draw the line in the pursuit of that happiness. When Thomas Jefferson and his generation discussed the pursuit of happiness they seemed to have a long term interest goal in mind. 

They believed the necessity of pursuing happiness was the foundation of liberty. That the highest perfection of intellectual nature lies in a careful and constant pursuit of true and solid happiness and the conscious discernment of what real happiness is.  They were interested in a kind of happiness that was linked to virtue and excellence.

I think of the example of an individual who practices tai chi while sweeping a floor, conscious and aware of every sweeping motion as though they were dancing with a lover, making each moment sacred and filled with delight. I find that in the article by Hamilton the definition of happiness that the fathers of our country were more interested in was a self derived happiness occurring naturally within a person, it was a deeply philosophically informed idea of which can be traced all the way back to Socrates and has been built into the fundamental ideals of the Western world view.

Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence wanted to announce a form of government that would not stand in the way of an individuals attempt at securing this sort of happiness.

 I agree that it is our basic nature to seek happiness and it may be one of the first items I loved of our country when learning about it in grade school. I never thought for a moment in my entire life that the pursuit of happiness meant that I could harm or infringe on the rights of others in  procurement of that happiness. I'd be interested to know if anyone has ever used that in defense of a crime in court. "I was just acting on my right to get happiness by any means necessary judge!"

POLITICS - DB2. Tyranny

On the House of World Map of Freedom it is apparent that the lands west of the Atlantic ocean are nearly all free but for a few Countries south of the equator while the majority of the lands east of the Atlantic Ocean are not free or are only partly free.

I am excited to learn that The Freedom in the World survey is an annual evaluation. I am immediately interested to know more. I have studied Spiral Dynamics, a branch of psychology based on an 8 tier generalized cross cultural model of developmental consciousness that works to evaluate developmental trends of culture and government to in some instances assist in the role of diplomacy. It seems that Spiral Dynamics is complimentary to the Freedom House methodology of grading a degree of freedom to a country based on the fundamental amount of human rights granted by a government to its people including political rights and civil liberties while operating from the assumption that freedom for all people is best achieved through the appointment of a liberal democratic society. Spiral Dynamics suggest that only societies who's core population has reached at least beyond the fourth stage of development can have a liberal democratic society. It so happens that liberty and freedom is required for developmental evolution and developmental evolution is required for liberty and freedom to emerge in the form of governmental agency. This is interesting when looking at the map and thinking historically about the migration of humanity into the earth.  To see that the furthest points from the origin of our species on our globe seem to contain the most governments with high marks for freedom and makes for interesting thoughts about the status of India as a free nation.

The reading suggested that in some of these countries that are not free an individual is not even allowed to make friends or speak to others in a casual way. I believe I would lose my mind and eventually be imprisoned. I think I would either fight or escape to the mountains where I would become a hermit. Perhaps in another instance I could have been born to the leadership of one of these grand dictatorships and in my turn won control. I would enjoy the spoils of tyranny while my people suffered a gruesome abuse of power, only then I would be giving up my dignity as a human being.

POLITICS - DB1. SPEED LIMIT

Government is the organizational structure of management that has been established within a group of individuals who share a common border.

Governance is the general process by which any particular government works to manage the lives of its people.

I believe that governments place is to assist its people is getting along together within the world or land that they share. I understand that there really isn't much that goes on within a society legally that to some extent has to be authorized by a government.  I imagine that it could be fair to say that there is nothing that the government does not have a say on.

The way of law for a nation of people defines the kind of freedoms that they will have within that country. When a freedom is declared for a group of people it does not mean that the government is not involved in it, such as the freedom of religion, it means that the government authorized the right of the citizenry of that government the freedom to follow a form of spiritual belief without fear of persecution in the act of performing such belief. The government will defend this right within the individual and as a group against any force of public opinion might infringe upon it so long as it is decent and does not violate more substantial laws in the realm of civil obedience.

This government is inherently involved in personal religious belief though it may be a granted freedom the government is still the dispensing governance of this right. The question becomes, how much control over a peoples activities and behaviors should a government have? Every possible situation is under review constantly in our country.

One of the behaviors that I would like to see a new kind of governance over would be the speed limit. I never in my life of 38 years have had a chance to vote on how I feel the government should handle the management of travel speed. I am not suggesting that the hand of government be removed from supervising the roads and handling the aftermath of obvious violations to public safety, however I am saying that the government should not be allowed to fine and ticket drivers who have not caused harm or collision in the process of their offense to themselves or others civilians. They could stop them, patrol them, slow them down in dangerous circumstances but ticketing and fining I believe unconstitutional and unfair.  It comes down to the tax payer paying a governmental agency to fine themselves when arbitrary rules are broken that they themselves do not abide at all times.  I like to believe the majority has some say in the laws of our country however when it comes to the traffic laws it does not seem to be true, because I'd venture to say that the majority of drivers in our nation break the speed limit nearly every day.

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