June/July 2016 Newsletter
This is a year filled with many surprises. Recently Britain reaffirmed its roots and voted to leave the EU, a political movement which has the rather charming name of BREXIT. The name sounds like it could come straight out of a Disney Movie, however know well that this change in world affairs is profound and is likely to set a new direction for the twenty-first century.
This year we look at these BREXIT changes through the prism of our July Fourth celebrations.
“You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.” Irma Bombec
It was on this day July 4, 1776 that the Continental Congress decided to leave the mighty and sprawling British Kingdom and now we have come full circle. In 2016, as they did in 1776, people are standing up and fighting for their own culture and demanding an independent identity. BREXIT was a courageous move, fraught with danger, a move not to be taken lightly. Leaving the safety of the mighty British Colonial Empire in 1776 was equally scary.
A short note here to define good and a bad government: Government is force. Government is good when it is used to bring order and/or to protect human rights or to protect the right to property. It is good when the power of government is used lightly and exercised for the greatest good.
Bad government is coercive; it takes from some to give to others, or it uses its might to benefit few at the cost of the many. In the Declaration of Independence Jefferson affirmed that in a free society government is not valid UNLESS it is derived from the CONSENT OF THE PEOPLE to so be governed. This was a new and very radical idea, timeless actually, as applicable today as it was then.
Jefferson talked about natural rights, rights inherent in human nature and there was a reason for this. The King’s England justified their form of government existence on heredity, class, race, and wealth. To give a higher validity to his revolutionary argument than “the divine right of kings” Jefferson claimed God-given rights or natural rights for America. Of course God is higher than a mighty king. It is this idea (sometimes repudiated by the left leaning Academia) that has caught on in the world, with America shining the light as a beacon and an anchor.
But let me follow my argument through: It is important to differentiate between the American Constitutional rights and the Rights as listed in the articles of the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a stable datum in the European Union. Is it that this good document is actually flawed and wants correction, is this why the British decided by a small majority to leave the EU and set a new direction for mankind?
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was a giant leap forward for a world dominated by oppression. However, recognize that it isn’t on a par with that given to us by the Founding Fathers. This is important, because certain international treaties like TPP and TPA are replacing the balance of power embraced in the Constitution and elevating the ideas of the United Nations as senior to our heritage.
In this document, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the rights and duties of government were not defined and this paper could be improved by adding them; to wit, the duty to protect natural rights from the coercive power of government, to never take from some to give to others without their consent.
The writers of the Universal Declaration of Rights saw that all men have equal rights and that these should be protected under law, but they also entered in some socialism, trying to level the playing field by using the power of government to take from some to give to others (without the consent of the governed).
Here is a child as she stands on the threshold of life, filled with wonder:
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was a great effort but in it do we find, just perhaps, the seeds of what went wrong in the EU; why there was a BREXIT?
The declaration of American Independence affirms a spiritual component that is very beautiful:
“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.”
Until next month!
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