Chapter Six - A Process for World Citizen Empowerment

CHAPTER SIX-A PROCESS FOR UNITED STATES AND WORLD CITIZEN EMPOWERMENT

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The evolution of human and natural resources, over time, evolved all the innate principles, economic philosophy, and constitutional republic forms of government necessary to form a world civilization that meets all human expectations. What's lacking is world citizens desire, enlightenment, and willingness to hold themselves and their governments accountable for the common welfare. A fledgling United States emerged and created a Constitution that, if followed, opened an opportunity to provide for the common welfare of all world citizens. Unfortunately--early on citizens and leaders found they lacked the desire, enlightenment, and willingness to hold themselves accountable to their Constitution, principles, and God. There were decades in which the United States had little to no challenges to it's superpower status. United States leadership became subservient to partisan political parties and continues to disintegrate. Today, United States superpower status is challenged within and without by China, Iran, Russia, and world terrorist that no longer esteem an obviously dysfunctional United States. Now, this generation of United States leaders must recognize and accept the reality that partisan political party politics has destroyed the self-respect of it's leaders and citizens. National and international confidence in United States leadership grows less day by day. Our generation is responsible for our State of the Union. Therefore, hope for the future relies on our ability to leave this generations baggage behind and prepare United States youth to build a functional United States government.   

Today's youth are recognizing they are challenged to build a future that allows them to live their lives and raise them children in a secure and peaceful environment based on a functional constitutional republic form of government that, if followed, provides the checks and balances necessary to assure their freedom, prosperity, and peace. Now, our dysfunctional generation must leave our baggage behind, use lessons learned, and assume responsibility for training and preparing our youth to lead a functional and efficient United States government. To accomplish this we must instill the desire, enlightenment, and willingness necessary for them to succeed and prepare future generations to succeed. Only then can the united States be that beacon of light and hope that inspires all other nations seeking peace, prosperity, and freedom. 

 Is the United States claim to being a nation dedicated to the Constitution and related principles valid? First, the State of the Union refutes that. Second, citizens ten to fifteen percent approval rate of state and national leaders refutes that. Third, citizens ignorance of their Constitution, Federalist Papers,and branches of government refutes that. Forth, epic corruption, drugs, health, and lack of national principles refutes that. Fifth, Lack of respect and responsibility for environmental hazards to our children refute that. Sixth, congressional sloth and failure to govern refutes that. Therefore, The future welfare of citizens and children require a funding program designed to prepare United States youth to leave this generations baggage behind and return this nation to a functional status. The following is required of leaders, citizens, and youth: First, American youth must be trained and certified as guardians of the Constitution and accountable for the common welfare of the nation. Second, new American youth education programs must be designed to maximize enlightenment, match or exceed international technical and debating skills, and prepare them to lead the United States and the youth of future nations into a free and productive future. Third, learn and understand partisan political party mistakes and their baggage that makes our nation dysfunctional. A functional Congress requires representatives free to make their own decisions based first on the nations welfare and second on their states needs.

Nations, preparing for the future, must realize that a positive outcome requires an international commitment to the common welfare of all world citizens. No single nation can succeed alone. This world's generation is morally responsible for preparing future generations to build a world community dedicated to the common welfare of all world citizens. Our world generation is beginning to recognize that blind acceptance and addiction to despotic governments, corrupt partisan political parties, and endless religious institutions, each claiming to speak for a God, does not provide for the common welfare. The youth of all nations recognize that this world generation carries baggage that must be left behind. Youth recognizes, demands, and seeks a vision that allows them to live their lives in peace and harmony with the environment. Now, this world generation must set it's baggage aside and establish an environment that enables world youth to pursue their vision of a world society dedicated to the common welfare. This requires current world and religious leaders to acknowledge existing baggage and use the knowledge and wisdom of our nations founding fathers to team with world youth to establish a future that allows all people to live peaceful and productive lives in harmony with the planets environment. This, is the time for redemption and a new world order. We need to suck it up and team with our world youth to build a future they can be proud to leave to future generations. 

Extremism between races-cultures-religions-politics--sects-species drives fear and anxiety--this is the baggage that prevents meeting human expectations. God versus science-Homo sapient versus creation-good versus evil-hate versus love-enlightenment versus ignorance-hope versus despair-fiery furnace versus heaven-and on and on. Extremism not contained drives the State of Humanity. Hopefully, what citizens refuse to do for God--country--freedom--and peace they may some day do for their children. The high priority question is whether or not humans can limit their extremism through constitutional republic forms of government designed with checks and balances that prevent extremism. 

Is the international community dedicated to strengthening the United Nations and delegating  the power and military might necessary to halt extreme behavior by any terrorists, nation, or group of nations that threaten the rule of international law? Are world citizens willing to hold themselves and international leaders accountable for compliance to international law? If not where do we go from here? These are questions and challenges human societies must make.

The evolution of human and natural resources, over time, evolved innate senses, processes, and tribes that eventually formed cities, states, and nations with crude forms of government. A fledgling United States emerged and created a Constitution that, if followed, opened an opportunity to provide for the common welfare. Unfortunately, United States citizens and leaders found they lacked the desire, enlightenment, and willingness to hold themselves accountable. The Congress soon allowed themselves to become dysfunctional and subservient to partisan political party leadership. 

United States claim to being a nation dedicated to the Constitution and related principles is not valid? First, the State of the Union refutes that. Second, citizens ten to fifteen percent approval rate of state and national leaders refutes that. Third, citizens ignorance of their Constitution, Federalist Papers,and branches of government refutes that. Forth, epic corruption, drugs, health, and lack of national principles refutes that. Fifth, Lack of respect and responsibility for environmental hazards to our children refute that. Sixth, congressional sloth and failure to govern refutes that. 

The future of citizens and children requires that our generation baggage be left behind and our nation returned to a functional status. The following is required of leaders, citizens, and youth: First, American youth must be trained and certified to be guardians of the Constitution and accountable for the common welfare. Second, American youth education programs must be designed to teach the Constitution, maximize enlightenment, match or exceed international technical and debating skills, and prepare our youth to lead the United States to a free and productive future. Third, learn and understand partisan political party mistakes and baggage that makes our nation dysfunctional. 

Today's youth must be prepared to build a future that allows them to live their lives and raise their children in a secure and peaceful environment based on a functional constitutional republic form of government that, if followed, provides the checks and balances necessary to assure their freedom, prosperity, and peace. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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There are Powerful Reasons for this Chapter

I have spent eighty one years trying to understand peoples expectations and their goals for achieving them. As a youth expectations and goals seemed so believable and achievable. As an adult working thirty seven years in aerospace, missiles, aircraft control, and nuclear systems expectations were high and goals were met and exceeded because all citizens were united behind a common goal. The same was true for Christians and secularist. In retirement my expectation and goal was to pursue an understanding of what kind of future was in store for humans living in nations challenged by the environment and the dark side of human nature.  

Human expectations can be met provided existing human and natural resources are utilized to make the United States a functional Constitutional Republic. Given this fact, why is it the most overwhelming challenge facing a dysfunctional United States is it's citizens and leaders inability to rise above corrupt partisan political politics that divide families, citizens, communities, states, and religious institutions. Less qualified nations are threatened by the behavior of an irrational dysfunctional United States

There are many reasons for this chapter: Number one, is to define why nations are in crisis. Number two, is to identify national and universal issues critical to our future. Number three, is to define United States issues critical to it’s future. Number four, is to show why our civilization faces a critical turning point. Number five, is to show how world citizens can gain the necessary empowerment to establish governments of their own choosing. Number six, is to propose a path to a United States mission statement. Number seven, is to propose a path to a universal mission statement that gives unity, purpose, and direction to citizens. Number eight is to secure the future of civilization as we pursue a path that leads to freedom and peace.

“On the people, therefore, of these United States, it depends whether wise men, or fools, good or bad men, shall govern….Therefore, I will now lift up my voice and cry aloud to the people….”From year to year be careful in the choice of your representatives and the higher powers [offices] of government. Fix your eyes upon men of good understanding and known honesty; men of knowledge, improved by experience; men who fear God and hate covetousness; who love truth and righteousness, and sincerely wish for the public welfare….Let not men openly irreligious and immoral become your legislators….If the legislative body are corrupt, you will soon have bad men for counselors, corrupt judges, unqualified justices, and officers in every department who will dishonor their stations".

Samuel Langdon

Empowerment belongs to reasoning, imaginative, and independent citizens that recognize no higher human authority. These are enlightened citizens that recognize and protect a form of government that protects the citizens from the government and the government from the citizens. These independent citizens are capable of establishing, implementing, and maintaining constitutional republic forms of government. These forms of government require empowered independent citizens that can delegate and withdraw power to branches of government as required to meet their Constitution requirements. These are the kind of independent and elightened citizens required to sustain a civilization of united nations. There are to few citizens of this caliber. It's a fact that the Constitution, God, and basic principles lack the motivation necessary to control the dark side of human nature. Hopefully, humankind will come to realize that survival of the human specie and all life requires a degree of enlightenment that allows Christians and secularist to unite and pursue a path that brings freedom, prosperity, and peace to the human world.

Being enlightened and empowered requires independence of thought, reasoning, imagination, and an understanding of one's relationship and responsibility for preserving the environment and all life. Beyond this, we rely on experience and knowledge to tell us how to live and participate constructively in a ballooning technological world. Beginning at an early age children must be taught how to use their reasoning and imagination to gain independence and empowerment. They must be knowledgeable of the Constitution and it's meaning and responsibilities as defined by the Founding Fathers. This must be their heritage. They must be the guardians thru the coming centuries.

The path to enlightenment begins with expectations for the future. Expectations require goals and mission statements that allow meeting expectations. Meeting goals requires passion, planning, and cooperation by Christians and secularist. If lacking, expectations are proven false and must be modified to reflect realistic expectations. The Constitution may demand more then the human race has to offer. We may come to realize that the dark side of human nature is innately empowered to hold the human species in it's grip. 

Innately, the human species strives to meet expectations even as it evades those activitives that assure success. Now, the following passages will attempt to identify the expectations, goals, and successes of United States Christian and secular citizens. The United States is that one nation, at this time in history, most capable of leading all nations to a better world. This leadership has been endangered by dysfunction and debilitating debt. Rapidly rising nations may eventually challenge a complacent United States. The United States is currently divided into so many factions that it is incapable of leading itself and easing the anxiety of concerned world nations.

Creation Versus Evolution

A significant percentage of world citizens believe that the origin of universe(s) and all life is beyond human understanding. Secularist believe that scientific facts demonstrate that  life evolved through evolution. A minority of world citizens place their faith in human made biblical documents that state a living God created the universe(s) and all forms of life. Christians declare that their faith in a God requires them to create doctrine, define rituals, and worship God in temples. In return, God provides an everlasting heavenly kingdom for those accepted at judgement day.These differences drive conflict, confusion, and isolation. Creationist deny science conflicts with biblical text. Differing religions require different churches, beliefs, texts and pastors. God's image, will, and expectations is shaped by differing religious institutions. 

Secular Expectations:

Being secular means there is no expectation of life after death. Therefore, life is the rapture of engaging family and the environment with joy and enthusiasm. The beauty shining through the wonders of nature paints the mystery of life in the mind. Innate senses and ones's environment guides the life you were born to live. 

House of Representatives

The empowerment of world citizens begins in the villages of all nations. The beginning of empowerment starts with one concerned citizen proposing policies and goals that will bring peace, security, and an environment in which families can grow and prosper. Citizens sharing common policies and goals begin the empowerment process. This process may not be prudent in nations with few or no liberties. In this case, the example set by free nations may effect change. Groups of citizens sharing common web sites can exchange views and arrive at common policies and goals necessary to their needs. Unification can be achieved by utilizing the Internet to exchange views. Empowered citizens, united around policies and goals, will realize they are promoting peace and security for themselves and future generations.

Nations and citizens are defined by their priorities. United States Citizens highest priority should be preservation of our Constitution, a constitutional republic form of government. Adherence to our Constitution grants us freedom, prosperity, and peace. It is the only guarantee of freedom of worship. World nations highest priority must be a similar form of government. Our global priority is to be prudent caretakers of our environment and all life. All other priorities take second place. However, these priorities are not the path we choose to follow. Why not? The answer is that lower priorities are a much easier path to pursue. Easier paths require less effort, less knowledge, and lower expectations. An easier path allows self-gratification and apathy. Other benefits include relinquishing personal responsibility to government, political parties, religious institutions, and special interests. This path eventually brings a realization that we have betrayed our selves, our principles, our Constitution, our God, and our children. There is always hope. Hope and opportunity require returning to our highest priorities. Success is dependent on unified, literate, and enlightened citizens understanding and following a constitutional republic form of government.

Citizens serious about becoming empowered and taking responsibility for their government and their future must do the following: First, understand the Constitution and recognize the significance of each article and the sections within each article. Nearly all are relevant in this twenty first century. Fully understand the significance and power of each. You can do this yourself. Study and discussion groups can help. Second, just as important is The Federalist Papers that define why the Constitution had to be adopted and radified by the Thirteen Colonies. Third, obtain a copy of The Making of America-The Substance and Meaning of the Constitution by W.Cleon Skousen. Understanding these three documents can put you on equal footing with ninety nine percent of all Americans. These documents are the backbone of the nation. If you are sincere in your quest you will be motivated to become a guardian of your nation, your future, and the future of your family. Third, provided you feel qualified vote independent of partisan politics, special interests and those that intend to control your vote. Provided you are qualified, make your own evaluations and decisions based on your own judgment. Fourth, recognize that the existing political party system is broken and beyond repair. Returning to the Constitution and it's principles is going to take an incredible amount of time to repair our nation. The electorate can be made familiar with their Constitutional responsibilities through education, enlightenment, and experience. This goal can and must be accomplished. The future welfare of the nation and world citizens requires it. America must strive to be a beacon of light and hope for all world citizens. This requires the United States to establish and follow laws and principles that all world citizens can respect and hope for.

The United States Founding Fathers designed a Constitution that, if followed, limits the dark side of human nature. United States Citizens committed to spiritual beliefs, faith, and commitment to God, his disciples, and the Constitution are powerful forces designed to combat the dark side of human nature. Yet, the dark side of human nature easily brushes aside these forces. 

Goals and Commitments:

The above powerful statements require goals and commitments. In this twenty first century It's time to identify what goals and commitments are being pursued and how effective are they. The following comments are my view of what is happening around the world and in the United States.

Diffferences in goals and commitments are difficult to reconcile. Science tells us that particles of matter from space made life on earth possible. We realize that eventually life will cease as the sun's energy fades or the life on planet earth is lost due to massive environmental changes or impact of objects from space. This summary strives to place the origin and ending of life in perspective. The state of nations is summerized as follows:

World nations

Even the best leaders of turbulent nations are dependent on and subject to diverse political, religious, and racial/culltural factors that defy all attempts to establish a sustainable government and environment that all parties can agree on, support, and be accountable for. It's important to understand that leadership of free citizens is enhanced when citizens are independent, enlightened, and educated. Without these qualifications a nation becomes dysfunctional. However, for citizens to be effective they must be knowledgeable of their Constitutions and just as important they must clearly understand what they expect from their government and how to express that to their leaders. Beyond that they must hold themselves and their government leaders accountable. This is a requirement if or when we expect all other nations to participate in a functional universal government I suspect even tyranical leaders of oppressed nations would like to relinquish power but fear for the lives of their family, themselves and their nation. They are caught in a trap of their own making. The next giant leap is to form a universal government of nations committed to the common welfare of all world citizens. The human race will have justified it's existance.

In this twenty first century we all recognize the human race is incapable of maintaining functional governments that provide for the common welfare of citizens. The United States had a Constitution managed by elected Christian leaders. Today, citizens give those Christian leaders an eighteen percent disapproval rating. By their own admission these Christian leaders are divided, dysfunctional, and corrupt. The electorate that chose and maintained in office, these Christian leaders know the rest of the story.  

There are major differences between nations. Each nation has it's own critical issues. In this global world each nation may be composed of differing races, faiths, cultures, and education/enlightenment. All these differences make it nearly impossible for humans to form functional governments. It's even more difficult to form a stable and effective international government. The ultimate solution is a universal government composed of all world nations and citizens. World citizens working together merging human and material resources for the benefit of all meets human and divine expectations. In a rational human world this could happen. Homosapiens, human beings, are not socially rational. Now, we must examine how irrational social humans can be transitioned to rational and enlightened human beings that can work constructively together and commit to constitutional republic forms of government bound to basic principles and committed to a positive future for all world citizens.

United States

The rise of thirteen colonies brought the hope of freedom, prosperity, and peace to all world citizens and specifically United States Citizens. The Founding Fathers design of the Constitution, followed by ratification, showed world nations that they also could adopt a similar Constitution and attain freedom, prosperity, and peace. Meeting Constitution requirements and attaining and maintaining freedom, prosperity, and peace may be beyond the capability of humankind. The United States claim to being a Christian nation dedicated and committed to Christian principles that declare creation, as defined by biblical text, is responsible for the origin of humans. Both these claims can only be validated by meeting goals and commitments. Goals and commitments will be discussed as follows.

Of all nations, the United States is the most qualified to set the standard for all other nations. 

United States spiritual leadership, above and beyond national politics, should demonstrate, by their behavior, those principles that United Citizens should hold sacred. Instead, our youth view with alarm and dismay the nations absence of common civility, accountability, and all responsibility for meeting civil and spiritual expectations. Is it any wonder that suicide is the only way out when bullying is front and center at all levels of secular and Christian daily life.

These facts are overwhelming human capacity to provide for the common welfare. This Chapter attempts to paint a path that could overcome all the above challenges. The positive view is that society has the human and environmental resources needed to meet all challenges. Only the lack of human desire to meet human and spiritual expectations is missing.

The following challenges demonstate the seriousness of the need for change:

A national debt of sixteen trillion plus additional trillions to update an aged infrastructure that is now dangerous.

Escape national addiction to divisive partisan politics.

Update antiquated and aged infrastructure.

Return to a functional government as required by the Constitution.

Known and unknown environmental challenges face all nations.

Replace a flawed general education system

Lack of an education program that aquaints all citizens with the Constitution and inherent citizen responsibilities

United States Citizens recognize and acknowledge, that for decades, they have chosen and maintained in office partisan political party leaders that, with citizen support, has brought about the current State of the Union. Now, the United States must cast aside this addiction to partisan politics and replace it with a commitment to seek competent leaders that make the common welfare of their nation the highest priority. Citizens are stressed and seeking someone other then themselves to blame. According to a Gallup-Healthways survey, 2010, Utah is the most stressed out state in the union. West Virginia, my home State, is ranked third. A stressed out nation is a symptom of deep underlying economic, fiscal, and addiction fault lines. Of course all states must insist that their issues be traced directly to the current president. For some sick reason there must be a fall guy that takes all responsibility from the citizens and Congress. In fact, the Constitution holds the electorate directly responsible for compliance to the Constitution and related principles. That's why the Constitution provides a citizen amendment process that returns all power to the citizens. I'll bet you didn't know that. That's where the buck really stops. Unfortunately, citizens ignorance of their Constitution make them the weakest link in the chain of responsibilities.

Now, all political parties, Congress, and citizens turn to the President and ask when he is going to lead them out of the wilderness. A ridiculous question that demonstrates a lack of confidence by citizens and all branches of government. A Constitution is built on pillars that stand even when one pillar becomes weakened. These support pillars are: First, the Legislative Branch. Second, the Executive, Third, the Judicial Branch. Forth, the electorate. Unfortunately, addiction to partisan politics has weakened all branches of government and rendered them dysfunctional.

Our generation acknowledges failure to act responsibly and recognizes the enormity of the damage we have allowed. Citizens quest for the easy path voided all hope that human and divine expectations could be met. Every nation begins with expectations. Many face challenges that may be unsurmountable. Cultural, religious, and political differences destroy personal independence, national unity, and make compromise difficult, if not impossible, to achieve.

Locating Oneself in Relation to the Universe

Every human, as is all life and matter, is an inseperable part of vast fields of energy changing form.  Every human senses a spiritual relationship to the cosmos. All recognize the mystery. None truly comprehend the scope of it. A sense of the mysterious is the essence of being human.

“I envision a universe of unimaginable magnitude and inconceivable violence. Billions, upon billions, literally of roaring thermonuclear furnaces scattering from each other. Each thermonuclear furnace being a star and our sun among them. Many of them actually blowing themselves to pieces, littering the outermost reaches of space with dust and gas out of which new stars of circling planets are being born right now. And then from still more remote distances beyond all these there come murmurs of microwaves of the greatest cataclysmic explosion of all, namely the Big Bang of creation which according to recent reckonings occurred 14.5 billion years ago.”

Joseph Campbell-Mythologist

The dark side of human nature emerged as humans reached a higher level of intelligence. Human nature drives both positive and negative extremes. No other animal exhibits the level of extremes demonstrated by humans. All human efforts to control this dark behavior have failed. It's insidious at every level of society. That's why every nation seeks a form of government with checks and balances that contain the dark side.Enlightenment is the goal of humans as their intelligence increases over time. Enlightened Founding Fathers designed a Constitution that provided checks and balances that protected the people from the dark side of the government and protected the government from the dark side of the people. A functioning Constitution requires enlightened parties capable of fulfilling their responsibilities. All parties failed to fulfill their responsibilities. The dark side of human nature dominates society. Now, citizens are trapped in a maze of darkness that leaves them and their government confused and dysfunctional. It's time to enlighten citizens and leaders at all levels of society-the question is how(?)

Today, science has penetrated past our universe and identified distant universes that appear to number in the millions. Macro and micro science now allows lives and body parts to be duplicated in laboratories. Today, secular and Christian humans work and play together even though serious differences exist. Differences between science and religious doctrine drives discord. The difference between secular and Christian humans is that secularist don't sense a God and therefore place their belief in science. Christians refute evolution and place their faith in a God defined by texts translated by ancient prophets. Differences between faiths drive the dark side of human nature and destroys any expectations God may have had for human behavior. The same is true of differences between Christians and secularist. As a child I was taught that Jesus Christ was a child of God. Being secular, I do recognize Jesus Christ as a principled man that epitomizes every good thing that we know today. Human behavior and principles fall far short of the example set by Jesus Christ. However, secularist and Christians working together can meet all human and deity expectations if they are willing to follow the Constitution and basic principles.

Planet Earth-Origin of Life

A mystical universe gave birth to a living planet that in turn evolved humans gifted with reasoning and imagination that knows no boundaries. Being blessed with these gifts, humans struggle to escape the dark side of human nature. We continue to endure societies, cultures, and religious beliefs that divide, punish, and slam the door on all hope for a rising civilization. Chaos, genocide, and conflict are tolerated and a path to order and peace has too little support or interest. This condition accelerates the dark side of human nature and the growth of terrorism, pornography, pedophilia, drug, child neglect and declining social values. No other species on earth is so depraved. Humanities capacity for depravity exceeds that of all other animal species. Humans acting like aspiring gods, trapped in animal bodies, follow a path of violence leading to the disintegration of civilization. As civilization sinks into this morass the shrill screech of societies claim to lofty constitutional law and principles increases in proportion to their depth of despair

As evolution evolved, the human species developed a sense of wonder that inspired a need to understand how, when, and why they existed. Unlike other animals, humans developed reasoning, imagination, and planning skills. Awareness of environmental beauty, dangers, and mortality brought anxiety about the future. Droughts, floods, and lightning brought fear that powerful Gods determined their fate. This fear inspired the need to appease these Gods. From this belief religions evolved over time. Each religious faith developed its own doctrine, rituals, and temples and declared false all faiths with differing means of worship. Wars between differing faiths and non-believers continue through today. A war also continues to exist between religious faiths and any science that differs from biblical history. Interesting however, all parties agree that humans struggle to contain the dark side that inhabits their nature. Christians belive God is responsible while secularist believe the dark side came about through evolution. Both agree that this dark side must be contained by a form of government that protects the people from the government and the government from the people.

Emergence of Homo Sapient

We must seize the opportunity for life, as we know it, to evolve. We know stars in our universe burn bright and then burn out. Our earth star is no different. When it burns out our earth life will die with it. That life species, we call Homo sapient, is divided into two groups. The science group believe that human life evolved through evolution. While the other group uses faith to believe that a Supreme Being created humans. Their faith is based on knowledge passed verbally from one generation to another and eventually summarized, from texts prepared by man, into one or more documents that are declared to be the word of God.

Our scientists define humans as Homo sapient. We prefer to call ourselves humans. Since conception we humans have spent our lives seeking ways to secure our future. Primitive humans gained security by banding together as tribes. Tribes gained security by banding together to form alliances. Eventually, rights and security were gained by banding together to form nations with governments. Now, nations band together to gain security and protection from more powerful nations. On a virgin continent, known as North America, thirteen colonies banded together and established a United States Constitution that gave independence, power over the government, and the responsibility to hold government and themselves accountable to the Constitution. This Constitution, a constitutional republic form of government, if adopted and followed, can provide security for all world citizens.

As creation evolved humans formed tribes to optimize their survival. We know that these tribes had innate awareness and respect for their environment and all life. At birth the startling cry of a newborn over time changes to an astonishing cry of Aha. This Aha moment carried down thru the ages. Tribal rituals gave evidence of their reverence and responsibility for the environment and surrounding life. If civilization is to survive we must regain reverence and responsibility for the environment and life. True tribal spirituality has been lost and replaced with a superficial spirituality that allows mass desecration of the environment and life. If we are to regain our humanity we must regain true spirituality and respect for life and the environment.

The future progress of world citizens begins with the recognition that this universe is an unbelievably huge mysterious mass of energy changing form. Life is one fleeting and momentary form of that energy. Life is a singularity gift dependent on it's environment for physical and spiritual sustenance. The universe or the planet will not notice any or all loss of life. All forms of life, the environment, and humans are interdependent in their quest for survival. World scientists tell us the window allowing life is fragile and extremely venerable. Proceed with caution.

Early primitive tribes scattered around the world, most unaware of the others, created their own culture and religion. Isolated and fragile they lived in harmony with their environment. Each developed a way of life that allowed them to survive. Their choice of gods was mostly determined by their fear of the unknown. Through the centuries gods came and went and each served a purpose. In this twenty first century, nations continue to recognize many gods. Each religion continues to develop specific doctrine, beliefs, and rituals for their chosen god. As technology explodes around the globe religions struggle to adapt doctrine, beliefs, and rituals in order to remain relevant and in step with a changing society.

Human Struggle for Freedom, Prosperity, and Peace

The Founding fathers were students and philosophers as well as soldiers and statesman. They studied every existing government and concluded that all were flawed. They traced the evolution of government beginning with the Anglo-Saxon People's Law, moved on to England's Ruler's Law, and considered the Magna Charta freedom law. From there they studied the evolution of Parliamentary Power, Parliamentary Supremacy, and the Articles of Confederation and State Supremacy. They recognized that a virgin continent required a constitution for rugged and independent people ready to fight for their freedom, prosperity, and peace. This Constitution can meet all human expectations. This is the ultimate challenge and is achievable provided mankind is willing to live with checks and balances that shield us from the dark side of human nature.

The discovery and development of the North American Continent set in motion a chain of events never imagined. The early pioneer thirst for freedom and independence took a giant leap. Leaders of the thirteen colonies declared their independence from England. For the first time in the history of man a Constitution was drafted, debated, revised endless times, and at last, approved and ratified by the thirteen colonies. The world wise and highly educated Founding Fathers were serious students, philosophers, and capable of debating and reaching agreement all could support. Unlike today, these men chose statesmanship and the welfare of the colonies over partisan politics. They founded a Constitution that had the potential, if followed, to lead all world nations to freedom, prosperity, and peace.

 A sense of empowerment is a function of one's independence and the freedom to use reason, imagination, and one's innate abilities to fulfill one's potential. Citizen dependence on partisan political parties, religious institutions, and self-indulgence limits self empowerment. Lack of education, enlightenment, and knowledge of one's Constitution, government functions, and principles reduces citizens relevance, empowerment, and ability to hold themselves and government accountable.

Self-realization can become lost when demands are made on us by family, friends, society, and the market place. Other demands may be made by political parties, religious institutions, and employers. Any serious introspection, contemplation, and rapture of living is easily shoved into the background and shutdown. When we fail to listen to the inner voice we are prone to lose our life's momentum. Our only motivation becomes getting through the day. We become dependent on forces outside ourselves and we forget what is important to ourselves, our family, and our nation.

Empowerment belongs to reasoning, imaginative, and independent citizens that recognize no higher human authority. These independent citizens are capable of establishing, implementing, and maintaining constitutional republic forms of government. These forms of government require empowered independent citizens that can delegate and withdraw power to branches of government as required to meet Constitution requirements. These are the kind of independent citizens required to sustain a nation. There are to few citizens of this caliber.

Citizens might consider another view of how government should function. Now, here's how the real world functions. Non-political organizations face goals and challenges on a high priority basis. I know that Safety of Flight engineers do. Safety of Flight Commissions are not structured and managed around each members partisan political persuasion. There is no litmus test for partisan politics and political correctness. Safety of Flight is the priority and single objective. United States Citizens might consider establishing what they think our national priorities should be and hold government accountable. For instance, they might consider calling for the following national priorities: First priority, compliance with The United States Constitution. It guarantees freedom, prosperity, and peace. Second priority, living and maintaining a spirit of hope for oppressed people all over the world. Third priority, begin to actually live by Christian principles. Forth priority, demanding and demonstrating the Right of the people of the United States to govern themselves. Fifth priority, become informed and reasoning citizens capable of thinking and acting independent of partisan politics and special interests. Sixth priority, hold citizens and government accountable to the Constitution. Seventh priority, start home teaching these priorities to United States youth so they don't repeat this generations mistakes.

United States Citizens are now realizing that their national leaders behavior has resulted in their nation becoming dysfunctional, economically distressed, and fiscally challenged. Citizens are beginning to grasp the fact that their addiction to partisan political parties has rendered them dependent on partisan political parties that intend to control how they think, reason, and vote. Partisan political parties have been successful, with powerful special interests support, in shifting citizen empowerment to themselves. The Constitution and the electorate are now irrelevant. The Constitution, as written and ratified, is no longer valid.

David Walker was America’s former comptroller general who wrote the following bestseller book showing how the nation became fiscally dysfunctional. Comeback America: Turning the Country Around and Restoring Fiscal Responsibility. This book reminds us how dire our deficit and debt picture has become. As comptroller general, he saw the ins and outs of that picture because he had to audit the financial statements of the Office of Management and Budget and the secretary of the treasury. Now, as head of the Pete G. Peterson Foundation, this 58-year-old accountant is on a mission to warn Americans that we must deal with this picture soon or suffer critical consequences.

United States political parties use liberal versus conservative philosophies to identify themselves. As needed they use extreme right and extreme left party members and media extremists to divide the nation. When politics requires a softer approach they call for the moderates from each party. It’s a skillful strategy to keep the people divided and the nation dysfunctional. This strategy is possible because 80-90 percent of citizens are illiterate in regard to their Constitution and current government functions.

The argument for and against big government is endless. At election time both political parties are bound to declare to the world, that they are vehemently opposed to big government. Neither party believes its own declaration. Citizens are weary of a dysfunctional government that allows inefficiency, corruption, and poor judgment to render the nation a world debtor

The truth is, the complexity of emerging nations and advanced technology drives more issues and challenges that have to be addressed and resolved in a global environment where every action we take in the United States effects other nations and every action they take involves our nation. I think what citizens really want is a unified functional and efficient government that works within the framework of the United States Constitution and related principals. Now we have to face the following facts:

The staged debates between political parties serves several purposes. One purpose is to pit the citizens of one party against the other and keep the nation politically divided. A second purpose is to inflame the electorate with low priority issues so that solutions to high priority issues can be put aside. A third purpose is to drive fear of political change that might threaten the Washington power structure. These strategies for clinging to power are supported by religious institutions seeking to maintain their own power structure. Education institutions also seek to secure their power structure and influence. Unions also use their influence to swing votes that may enhance their goals irregardless of the national welfare. The truth is that the leaders of these institutions have never taken responsibility for holding themselves and citizens accountable to the Constitution or the common welfare of the people.

Both Democratic and Republican Parties continue to express concern that the United States government has embraced socialism and is rapidly moving to that form of government.

The inference is that both parties seek to turn the United States into a Socialist State. United States citizens are bewildered about what form of government the Founding Fathers gave them, what form of government they now have, and what form of government they want. Only citizens can answer what form of government they want. The root problem is that Congress, educators, and religious institutions neglected, or chose not to educate citizens concerning their Constitution and citizen responsibilities. The Founding Fathers gave citizens a Constitutional Republic form of government where all power resides in the people. The Constitution requires that citizens be knowledgeable of the Constitution, participate in the functions of government, and hold the government accountable. Citizens never understood this and over time the Congress chose to ignore the Constitution, related principles, and established partisan political parties that divided the nation and made it dysfunctional, corrupt, and fiscally bankrupt. Citizens know the rest of the story.

United States Citizens are faced with choosing a president to serve the next four year term. The nation faces critical unemployment and financial challenges of their own making. Guiding Constitution and Christian principles have been trampled by national leaders and citizens in their quest for self-gratification. This self-indulgent generation has run it's course. The future requires a return to the Founding Fathers Constitution and it's checks and balances that protect citizens from their government and government from their electorate. All constitution and christian principles require educated and enlightened citizens. The Founding Fathers Constitution failed because government, religious, and education leaders chose to allow the electorate to become illiterate in regard to their Constitutional responsibilities and principles. Citizens share this responsibility. It's a much easier path to follow when responsibilities are set aside. Federal and state government empowerment grew because the electorate, only partially thru ignorance, yielded their responsibilities and therefore their empowerment. Now, we can either continue on this failed path or we can chose to become knowledgeable of our Constitution and fulfill our citizen responsibilities. This process also advances our education and enlightenment.

The United States government and electorate have some life changing choices to make. Damage control is required. It will not come easy or overnight. Either the dark side of human nature, as it has in the past, or the sunshine side will prevail. Both require education and enlightenment. Divisive political parties and electorate addiction to partisan politics is the path that made our nation dysfunctional and created the despair we feel today. This addiction has split the nation politically . No longer can citizens use the Constitution amendment process to correct government excesses. A partisan Congress will not allow it. Partisan political parties, with rare exceptions, dictate how your Senator or Congressman can vote. This coming national election is critical . Citizens must decide whether they want Constitutional law or partisan political party law.

There are facts that citizens must consider. These facts are as follows: First, the electorate are illiterate in regard to their own Constitution and government. Second, the electorate lacks knowledge of national and international issues and their complexities. Third, the electorate are basically contemptuous, with rare exceptions, of their acting government leaders. They were not chosen by the citizens. They were chosen by organized partisan political parties. The electorate can only rubber stamp those bought and paid for candidates each political party puts on the ballet. Either choice brings the same results as long as the electorate participates in this charade.

The discovery and development of the North American Continent set in motion a chain of events never imagined. The early pioneer thirst for freedom and independence took a giant leap. Leaders of the thirteen colonies declared their independence from England. For the first time in the history of man a Constitutionwas drafted, debated, revised endless times, and at last, approved and ratified by the thirteen colonies. The world wise and highly educated Founding Fathers were serious students, philosophers, and capable of debating and reaching agreement all could support. Unlike today, these men chose statesmanship and the welfare of the colonies over partisan politics. They founded a Constitution that had the potential, if followed, to lead all world nations to freedom, prosperity, and peace.

The founding of the Constitution was made possible because there was a virgin continent occupied by independent reasoning people that were willing to declare their independence from a distant motherland, fight, and win their independence. The founding of the Constitution sent a message to all nations that they also could strive and fight to gain freedom, prosperity, and peace. Those that live in nations that rule by tyranny are trapped and require all the peaceful help we can give them. The United States greatest contribution is to lead world nations by example. A unified United States living in accordance with the Constitution and those principles that demonstrate morality and civility provides a beacon of light to all other nations.

Every nation requires a form of government that protects the people from the government and the government from the people. The trick is to form a government that the people support and a government that provides for the common welfare of the people. The Founding Fathers founded a Constitution, a conditional republic form of government, that satisfied both conditions.

As a senator, I did not dwell too much on the essential weaknesses of our constitutional system. It was and remains a taboo subject. If you question our particular form of democracy, people don't argue about the merits of the case; they attack you personally, making it politically damaging to an elected official to discuss such matters....Ours is a unique system; we are the only major democracy that has it. It leads to indecision and stalemate.

Senator J. William Fulbright-The Price of Empire

Unfortunately, United States citizens and elected leaders have chosen a path that bypasses the Constitution and the checks and balances that the Founding Fathers said would mortally wound a Constitutional Republic. I think it's time to recognize a few of those checks and balances defined by the Founding Fathers:

Jefferson: “Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves, therefore, are its only safe depositories. And to render even them safe, their minds must be improved to a certain degree.” P233

Jefferson: “I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.” P233

Jefferson: “The people, especially when moderately instructed, are the only safe, because the only honest, depositories of the public rights, and should therefore be introduced into the administration of them in every function to which they are sufficient.” p233

The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world it leaves to it’s children.

Bonhoeffer

The empowerment of world citizens begins in the villages of all nations. The beginning of empowerment starts with one concerned citizen proposing policies and goals that will bring peace, security, and an environment in which families can grow and prosper. Citizens sharing common policies and goals begin the empowerment process. This process may not be prudent in nations with few or no liberties. In this case the example set by free nations may effect change. Groups of citizens sharing common web sites can exchange views and arrive at common policies and goals necessary to their needs. Unification can be achieved by utilizing the Internet to exchange views. Empowered citizens, united around policies and goals, will realize they are promoting peace and security for themselves and future generations.

“Today, we find ourselves at a very different moment in history, and I fear that if we remain on our current track, history will come to know us as this nation's worst generation because we will force our children and their children to bear the brunt of our recklessness and the willful neglect of the problems we created. The problem is so deep-seated that relatively few of us in the postwar “boomer” generation even understand at a basic level how we are compromising future generations. If we did, I'm convinced that we would do whatever it takes to set things right”.

The United States Constitution established 1787 by the Founding Fathers resulted in the formation of the first free people to survive as a nation in modern times. The United States became a model for the whole human race. The Constitution gave humanity the necessary ingredients for a giant leap to freedom, prosperity, and peace. At stake is the important question, whether societies of man are capable of establishing and maintaining a government that, if followed, protects the government from the people and the people from the government. John Adams stated that if the people abandoned the freedom gained by the adoption of the Constitution, it would be “treason against the hopes of the world.”

The Constitution, if followed, provides a balanced center between no government and too much government. The Founders established three departments so that each one was coordinated with the others and could not function independently of them. They demanded that leaders develop and maintain an intelligent and informed electorate. They wanted a system of educational communication through which they could transfer fundamental beliefs based on self-evident truths. The principles expressed through the Constitution are the same basic principles expressed by world religions. Adhering to the Constitution provides the greatest possible security for world citizen freedom and for freedom of religion as well. The following paragraphs attempts to answer why United States Citizens and their elected government and religious leaders neglected to honor and follow the Constitution and it's related principles .

A nations citizens and government, religious, and education leaders are the first lines of defense against anarchy, where there is no government, and tyranny, where there is too much control. A Constitution , a constitutional republic, form of government, provides a balanced center. When the balanced center is deserted by these leaders a nation drifts back to anarchy or tyranny. Open societies must understand these balances. An enlightened society would move the nation back to a balanced center. Today, the United States lacks an enlightened society. The United States citizens, partisan political parties, and leaders are addicted to partisan politics with little or no hope of recovery. Citizens recognize that the nation is shutting down. Dis-empowered citizens seeking someone to blame lash out at fringe groups who are just as anxious and confused as themselves.

United States Citizens claim they want honesty and truthfulness from their leaders. These leaders realize that honesty and truthfulness is rewarded with all forms of punishment and abandonment. This is a fact of life that even children comprehend. This mutual distrust is reflected in all studies and surveys. In this environment both citizens and leaders vent their anger and energy against issues that have little or no bearing on solving high priority challenges that threaten states and the nation.

The United States is a nation of immigrants. The future is dependent on assimilating all old and new immigrants into citizens that are knowledgeable of their Constitution, related principles, and checks and balances that hold the nation accountable. If the Constitution is to have any meaning a majority of enlightened citizens must include Christians, secularist, and all other forms of religions. For this to happen those citizens dependent on partisan politics must become dependent on their own knowledge and reasoning for the common welfare. Partisan politics for special interests brought this nation down. Only enlightened independent citizens can build it anew.

The United States Founding Fathers had a national and global vision for the future. Their vision was formed by their knowledge of ancient world governments and their struggle to free their citizens from bondage. Their vision was a government that would provide freedom, prosperity, and peace for a young nation on a new continent. Their vision, translated to action, led to a Constitutional Republic that provided freedom, prosperity, and peace. A constitutional republic form of government is defined as follows:

  • A constitutional republic is a form of government where the head of state and other officials are elected as representatives of the people. They must govern according to existing constitutional law that limits the government’s power over citizens.

  • In a constitutional republic executive, legislative, and judicial powers are separated into distinct branches and the will of the majority of the population is tempered by protections for individual rights so that no individual or group has absolute power.

  • The fact that a constitution exists that limits the government’s power makes the state constitutional.

  • The fact that the head(s) of state and other officials are chosen by election, rather than inheriting their positions, and that their decisions are subject to judicial review makes a state republican.

  • John Adams defined a constitutional republic as “a government of laws, and not of men.” A constitutional republic requires checks and balances to prevent abuse of power.

  • Constitutional republics are a deliberate attempt to diminish the perceived threat of authoritarianism, thereby protecting dissenting individuals and minority groups from the “tyranny of the majority” by placing checks on the power of the majority of the population. The power of the majority of the people is checked by limiting that power to electing representatives who are required to legislate with limits of overarching constitutional law that a simple majority cannot modify.

  • The power of government officials is checked by not allowing any single individual to hold executive, legislative, and judicial powers. Instead these powers are separated into distinct branches that serve as a check and balance on each other. A constitutional republic is designed so that “no person or group [can] rise to absolute power.

  • A constitutional republic requires an intelligent and informed electorate to maintain constant vigilance and hold the government accountable to constitutional laws and principles.

A decision to return to the principles and requirements of a Constitutional Republic form of government requires careful thought and preparation. Any transition must preserve those government functions that have value while maintaining the stability of our nation. Success is dependent on knowledge of past world government strengths and weaknesses, sound reasoning, and planning. Reason and a sound plan is dependent on: 1-Commitment, 2-Purpose for engagement, 3-Priorities (time, principles, economics, and propriety), 4-Resources required (human and natural), 5-Consequences of success (near and long term effects and benefits), 6-What constitutes success? Attaining freedom, prosperity, and peace while preserving Constitutional principles.

Founding Fathers Cautions:

Jefferson: “I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.”

Jefferson: “Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves, therefore, are its only safe depositories. And to render even them safe, their minds must be improved to a certain degree.”

Jefferson: “To inform the minds of the people and to follow their will is the chief duty of those placed at their head.”

Jefferson: “[A] people [can become] so demoralized and depraved as to be incapable of exercising a wholesome control….Their minds [are] to be informed by education what is right and what wrong, to be encouraged in habits of virtue and deterred from those of vice by the dread of punishments, proportioned, indeed, but irremissible; in all cases, to follow truth as the only safe guide and to eschew error, which bewilders us in one false consequence after another in endless succession.”

Jefferson: “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be. The functionaries of every government have propensities to command at will the liberty and property of their constituents.”

George Washington: “Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all. Religion and morality enjoin this conduct; and can it be that good policy does not equally enjoin it. It will be worthy of a free, enlightened, and, at no distant period, a great nation to give to mankind the magnanimous and too novel example of a people always guided by and exalted justice and benevolence.”

Jefferson: “The firmness with which the people have withstood the late abuses of the press, the discernment they have manifested between truth and falsehood, show that they may safely be trusted to hear everything true and false, and to form a correct judgment between them.”

The Founding Fathers created a government masterpiece called a Constitutional Republic. This miracle encompassed 286 principles and was the culmination of years of world struggle for human rights. The Founding Father’s achievement delivered the first structured form of government that provided freedom, prosperity, and peace for United States Citizens. Unfortunately, as time passed the United States government and its citizens chose a path of partisanship that shredded Constitutional Principles, divided our nation, and rendered it dysfunctional. Ignoring critical priorities led us down this path. Our priorities define who we are and what we stand for.

Principles, morality, and propriety are the foundation of all forms of government. Perfection is never expected and can never be achieved. However, a population that views its government as morally corrupt is in serious trouble.

History refers to “ancient principles” as the golden nuggets. The Founding Fathers were outstanding world scholars and well read. Their knowledge of world history prepared them for that giant leap we know as the Constitution. Hamilton wrote, “It was a thing hardly to be expected that in a popular revolution the minds of men should stop at that happy mean which marks the salutary boundary between POWER and PRIVILEGE, and combines the energy of government with the security of private rights”

W. Cleon Skousen wrote, “America can be ‘the Peacemaker of the world.’ She can help other nations discover the formula for freedom and prosperity. But there is an important prerequisite: Americans must first rediscover that formula for themselves, as it is embodied in the 286 principles found in the Constitution”

Clinton Rossiter, wrote, “no happiness without liberty, no liberty without self-government, no self-government without constitutionalism, no constitutionalism without morality-and none of these great goods without stability and order.”

The forefathers of all nations have identified universal truths that can guide us in building an ascending civilization. Attention to nations mistakes of the past can also help us avoid future pitfalls. These truths and past pitfalls can be beacons we rally around as we struggle to form a civilization that provides for the common welfare of all world citizens. The civilization we visualize is one that supports all nations and provides for the growth of all cultures that enrich our lives and gives purpose, dignity, hope, and meaning to the lives of World citizens.

Throughout civilization the concept of justice is a recurring theme. The concept of justice appears to be universal thru all cultures. Humanity struggles with the choice of balancing selfish desires with the social responsibility to seek justice. This is a concept that exists only for humans and is not apparent in the animal kingdom. The rise of humanity is made possible by the evolution of the brain. As science maps the regions of the brain, we have come to realize that our action and abilities are due to how our brain is formed by genetics and experiences from birth. Those civilizations that limit the potential of their young are destined to become static and isolated in a global world. The youth of backward nations, isolated from the freedoms and technology of advanced nations have no voice or hope for the future and turn their anger and frustration toward their nation and any nation that supports their oppressors. This condition drives the chaos and conflict we face today.

The Founding fathers were students and philosophers as well as soldiers and statesman. They studied every existing government and concluded that all were flawed. They traced the evolution of government beginning with the Anglo-Saxon People's Law, moved on to England's Ruler's Law, and considered the Magna Charta freedom law. From there they studied the evolution of Parliamentary Power, Parliamentary Supremacy, and the Articles of Confederation and State Supremacy. They recognized that a virgin continent required a constitution for rugged and independent people ready to fight for their freedom, prosperity, and peace. This Constitution can meet all human expectations. This is the ultimate challenge and is achievable provided mankind is willing to live with checks and balances that shield us from the dark side of human nature.

The United States faces a critical decision. If the electorate does not want the Founding Fathers Constitution, a constitutional republic form of government, what form of government do they want? Recent Cato and Pew surveys reflect that a very high percentage of the electorate are barely literate in regard to their Constitution, their government, and citizen responsibilities.

Thomas Jefferson: "I consider the fortunes of our republic as depending, in an eminent degree, on the extinguishment of the public debt before we engage in any war: Because, that done, we shall have revenue enough to improve our country in peace and defend it in war, without recurring either to new taxes or loans. But if the debt should once more be swelled to a formidable size, its entire discharge will be despaired of...therefore, it is vital to the destinies of our government.

George Washington: "The nation which indulges toward another an habitual hatred or an habitual fondness is in some degree a slave. It is a slave to its animosity or to its affection, either of which is sufficient to lead it astray from its duty and its interest.

Thomas Jefferson further commenting on perennial debt: "We shall all consider ourselves unauthorized to saddle posterity with our debts, and morally bound to pay them ourselves; and consequently within what may be deemed the period of a generation, or the life of the majority. "The principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.

George Washington: "The great rule of conduct for us, in regard to foreign nations, is in extending our commercial relations to have with them as little political connection as possible. So far as we have already formed engagements, let them be fulfilled with perfect good faith. Here let us stop."

Thomas Jefferson: "No country, perhaps, was ever so thoroughly against war as ours. These dispositions pervade every description of its citizens, whether in or out of office.

George Washington: "Hence, therefore, it must be unwise in us to implicate ourselves, by artificial ties, in the ordinary combinations and collisions of her friendships or enmities....why, by interweaving our destiny with that of any part of Europe, entangle our peace and prosperity in the toils of European ambition, rivalship, interests, humor, or caprice?".

George Washington: "It will be worthy of a free, enlightened, and, at no distant period, a great nation to give to mankind the magnanimous and too novel example of a people always guided by an exalted justice and benevolence."

Thomas Jefferson: "When all government, domestic and foreign, in little as in great things, shall be drawn to Washington as the center of all power, it will render powerless the checks provided of one government on another and will become as venal and oppressive as the government from which we separated."

The Founders' advice to suppressed nations was to struggle for freedom and unite with free nations for their mutual protection.

Jefferson: “When all government, domestic and foreign, in little as in great things, shall be drawn to Washington as the center of all power, it will render powerless the checks provided of one government on another and will become as venal and oppressive as the government from which we separated.Patriot Samuel Langdon before the Massachusetts legislature in 1788 declared:“On the people, therefore, of these United States, it depends whether wise men, or fools, good or bad men, shall govern….Therefore, I will now lift up my voice and cry aloud to the people….”From year to year be careful in the choice of your representatives and the higher powers [offices] of government. Fix your eyes upon men of good understanding and known honesty; men of knowledge, improved by experience; men who fear God and hate covetousness; who love truth and righteousness, and sincerely wish for the public welfare….Let not men openly irreligious and immoral become your legislators….If the legislative body are corrupt, you will soon have bad men for counselors, corrupt judges, unqualified justices, and officers in every department who will dishonor their stations".

W. Cleon Skousen wrote, “America can be ‘the Peacemaker of the world.’ She can help other nations discover the formula for freedom and prosperity. But there is an important prerequisite: Americans must first rediscover that formula for themselves, as it is embodied in the 286 principles found in the Constitution”

The Preamble states, “This Constitution is ordained and established by, ‘We the People’.

James Madison emphasized the relative amount of responsibility allocated to each level of government: “On the principle… of this Constitution…the supreme power resides in the people. If they choose to indulge a part of their sovereign power to be exercised by the state governments, they may.  If they have done it, the states were right in exercising it; but if they think it no longer safe or convenient, they will resume it, or make a new distribution, more likely to be productive of that good which ought to be our constant aim. The powers both of the general government and the state governments, under this system, are acknowledged to be so many emanations of power from the people.”

Thomas Jefferson had the Following to say about Citizens Responsibilities:

"To inform the minds of the people and to follow their will is the chief duty of those placed at their head.”

“I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their indiscretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.”

'Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves, therefore, are its only safe depositories. And to render even them safe, their minds must be improved to a certain degree"

The United States Constitution requires Enlightened citizens committed to fulfilling constitutional requirements and holding government leaders accountable. For interested citizens I recommend a book funded by the National Center for Constitution Studies called, The Making of America-The Substance and Meaning of the Constitution by W. Cleon Skousen. The study for the making of America actually extended over a period of more than forty years. The non-partisan book took fourteen years to publish. This book is available at most book stores and includes the Constitution and Amendments. I also recommend to every citizen The Federal Papers, written by James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and John Jay. I think they are necessary for a full understanding of the Constitution. There is strong consensus that they are the most important political science documents ever written, or likely ever to be written. These essays were translated into modern language by Mary E. Webster and published as The Federalist Papers in Modern Language Indexed for Today’s Political Issues. I will quote excerpts, as follows, from these papers that I think pertinent to 21st Century.

Strong Union Provides Strong Defense-The safety of the people of America not only depends on their not giving other nations just causes for war but, on their not putting themselves in situations that invite hostility. It need not be observed that both pretended and just causes of war exist. Motives, clear only to the monarch, often lead him to start wars not sanctified by justice or the interests of his people. These motives include: a thirst for military glory, revenge for personal affronts, ambition, and private compacts to aggrandize or support particular families or partisans.

Comment: Political leaders often make war when their nations get nothing from it and citizens allow government checks and balances to be bypassed.

Weak Nation Invites Foreign Dangert-Weakness and divisions at home would invite dangers from abroad.

Comment: Never has United States been more divided and dysfunctional than now. Weakness and division invite contempt and danger from abroad.

Confederation Near Total Collapse-Nation faces Total Humiliation-We may have reached almost the last stage of national humiliation. We experience nearly everything that can wound the pride or degrade the character of an independent nation.

Comment: Our own government leaders tell us we are fiscally bankrupt, dysfunctional, and in debt to other nations. We have shifted this increasing burden to the backs of our children. Failure as citizens, greed and self-gratification is our only justification for betraying past and future generations.

We owe every other sacrifice to ourselves, to our federal brethren, and to the world at large to pursue with temper and perseverance the great experiment which shall prove that man is capable of living in [a] society governing itself by laws self-imposed, and securing to its members the enjoyment of life, liberty, property, and peace; and further, to show that even when the government of its choice shall manifest a tendency to degeneracy, we are not at once to despair, but that the will and the watchfulness of its sounder parts will reform its aberration, recall it to original and legitimate principles, and restrain it within the rightful limits of self-government.

On Face the Nation, 01-01-06, Bob Schrieffer ask Newt Gingrich, “How serious are the problems facing this country right now? The answer was as follows: I think the challenges are so great that if we want to give our children and our grandchildren the kind of successful dramatic country, that you and I are fortunate enough to inherit from our parents and grand parents, that we have to find ways to have an honest dialogue across the aisle, and I think that this is a dialogue I’ve suggested, that in 2007 and 2008 they only hold bipartisan meetings. Don’t have partisan gatherings for the presidential candidates. Don’t let the Republicans go off and hide and the Democrats go off and hide, but, jointly hold the meetings so you have real discussion and every body is in the same room talking, and I think it’s that serious. I think we have to confront, because if we don’t ten or fifteen years from now all those problems are going to get dramatically bigger and dramatically harder.”

Senator Robert C. Byrd:

September 11, 2001-This day would spur the United States Congress to hand over, for the foreseeable future, its constitutional power to declare war. It would eventually lead this nation to an unprovoked attack on a sovereign nation. In consequence, that September morning would endanger cherished, constitutionally enshrined freedoms: as had almost no other event in the life of our nation.

Congress functions less and less nowadays as a truly independent and deliberative body.

I believe our constitutional structure is increasingly in peril, and that the people’s branches in most danger of giving way. Congress is currently excessively concerned with political party matters, raising money for campaigns, petty partisanship, and the latest opinion polls. It seems more and more willing to delegate portions of its legislative authority, especially its power of the purse and its war responsibilities, to other entities.

From the ambivalence of the Congress, to the pandering nature of media coverage, and to the passive attitude of too many of our citizens, we are-all of us-guilty of aiding and abetting a heinous destruction America

Newt Gingrich:

When citizens turn toward political leaders and government for help, all too often they encounter meaningless platitudes. Politicians seem to have few skills for positive leadership and many more for negative campaigning and partisan bickering. Any reasonable citizen looking at the current political scene would look anxious. I did not write To Renew America to convince you that this anxiety is inappropriate. Just the opposite. I want you to understand that your future, your children's future, and your country’s future is at a crossroad.

Newt Gingrich now heads up American Solutions for Winning the Future. This is an organization whose website describes it as “a unique nonpartisan organization designed to rise above traditional gridlocked partisanship, to provide real and significant solutions to the most important issues facing our country.” During 09-07, at a breakfast with Cal Thomas and fellow journalist, former speaker Newt Gingrich, had the following to say, “We need a new American dialogue that focuses on evidence and data and sorts out what works and what fails. Then we need to migrate government policies and government bureaucracies away from failure and toward success. The solutions we need are bigger than the current political process can create. We need an educational dialogue before we have a political debate.”

Historians, Journalists, Educators, and Philosophers on Citizen Responsibilities David Brooks-excerpt from New York Times.

Neither party is getting the job done: it’s time for an insurrection. After a while, you get sick of the Delays of the right and the Deans of the left. After a while, you are of the current republicans, who lack a coherent governing philosophy, and the current democrats, who are completely bereft of ideas. When I cut myself loose from the push and shove of today’s weary political titans, and go back to basics I find myself strangely invigorated. It’s time for an insurrection.

The Framers of our Constitution, our Founding Fathers, were courageous and responsible citizens dedicated to forming a union that provided universal freedom. But, first they were willing, capable, and knowledgeable citizens. Their greatest feat was their ability to rise above political, religious, and ethnic influence to define, and implement a Constitution that provided for the common welfare of all United States Citizens. They knew the long term future and success of this fledgeling nation was dependent on future citizens ability to match their vision for the future. Their life’s experiences provided their motivation. Their desire to live as free men sustained them as they traveled long distances thru hazardous weather, rutted roads, and primitive lodging to meet together. These were aged men whose health was fragile and their strength challenged by the heat and cold. The Founding Fathers were realistic about human nature. They understood the variances of human nature.

A true democracy is characterized as follows: First, it is a democratic government that is held accountable by the people who live under it. Second, it’s citizens hold and act on the belief that all people are their legal, political, fiscal, and social equals. Third, that all citizens are endowed with equal rights, liberties, and responsibilities. Forth, that citizens, empowered by the Constitution, working with their elected representatives, are responsible for defining mission statements, national policies, goals, and holding government representatives responsible for there implementation. Fifth, elected representatives are accountable to citizens for implementing the rule of law as defined by United States Citizens.

Over time, citizens have allowed the United States government to operate on political shifting sands instead of the rock on which our constitution rests. Citizens fail their constitutional responsibility to hold their government accountable. The rise and fall of powerful nations is historical. The rise begins with active and informed citizens holding their government accountable. The fall begins when citizens cease to be active or informed. Speaking at the University of Utah’s 2005 Free Speech and Democracy on Campus” symposium, 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Michael McConnell noted that the middle-ground glue that held the United States together has disintegrated: “The nation has broken into divisive camps-leaving people more isolated and seeking only those views that match their political and religious leanings. These are signs that democracy is not working very well.” This fact is verified by a broad spectrum of political leaders, journalists, and historians.

Citizens must now decide the kind of future they really want for themselves and future generations. In the following paragraphs I will identify and discuss the obstacles that prevent addressing and correcting the crisis issues facing our nation and the global world we live in. A major factor in this discussion is a review of respected professionals, journalists, private citizens, and congressional representatives speaking their concerns about the state of the union. Their diverse statements show how private interests can trump public interest, how a powerful minority can manipulate opinion to defeat reform, desired by the majority, and how hope for needed change results in cynicism about the actions of our government. It is sad to watch a powerful world nation falter and decline year by year as national leaders place their interests above the welfare of the nation, and citizens shirk their constitutional responsibilities.

Citizens must now decide the kind of future they really want for themselves and future generations. In the following paragraphs I will identify and discuss the obstacles that prevent addressing and correcting the crisis issues facing our nation and the global world we live in. A major factor in this discussion is a review of respected professionals, journalists, private citizens, and congressional representatives speaking their concerns about the state of the union. Their diverse statements show how private interests can trump public interest, how a powerful minority can manipulate opinion to defeat reform, desired by the majority, and how hope for needed change results in cynicism about the actions of our government. It is sad to watch a powerful world nation falter and decline year by year as national leaders place their interests above the welfare of the nation, and citizens shirk their constitutional responsibilities.

Everybody, sooner or later, sits down to a banquet of consequences.

Robert Louis Stevenson

The deadliest enemies are not foreign foes: they always dwell within their borders.

William James

As we witness our nations power and resources rapidly dissipating our politicians fail to define policies and goals that unify our nation and prepare us to face the formidable challenges of the future. Our fighting men and women, our greatest asset, struggle to survive in distant nations torn apart by terrorism and cultural differences. No longer can United States citizens be dependent on dysfunctional political parties. Thinking so, is an illusion we can no longer afford. United States citizens are our nations greatest reservoir of talent. It is time to draw on that talent and resolve national issues in a non-political environment. The Internet provides the tools to communicate, coordinate, unify, plan, collate, analyze, and reach common ground on those policies and goals necessary to meet the challenges of the future. The brain children of the technology age will be our greatest asset in establishing a lasting process that allow citizens of all nations to establish their constitutions, policies, and goals to promote their welfare. As we advance into the 21st Century citizens can no longer stand on the sideline. We must take responsibility for compliance to constitutions, mission statements, policies, and goals that hold governments accountable for implementing them. proposes a path by which citizens can propose and implement constitutions, universal and national mission statements, policies, and goals. This Part Five of that Website proposes a plan whereby U.S. Citizens can transition our dysfunctional nation to a functional nation prepared to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

The strength of the United States Constitution was founded on accountability. Today, accountability is a scarce commodity in the United States. Lets be clear where accountability rests. The United States Constitution defines three independent and equal branches of government. These branches are the Administration, the Congress, and the Supreme Court. The Constitution empowers United States citizens to elect these branches. Each branch is supposed to be accountable to each other and to United States citizens. Citizens are accountable to future generations for all United States policies and actions. Citizens are also accountable for assuring that all government branches are meeting their responsibilities under the Constitution. The lack of accountability by these parties places the future welfare of our nation at risk.

The process for electing a United States President may not be fully understood by citizens. Article Two Section 1 of the Constitution defines the process.

In the summer of every presidential election year, political parties in the United States typically conduct national conventions to choose their presidential candidates. Presidential candidates are selected by groups of delegates from each state. Delegates are people who elect the party nominee at the political party national convention. The first candidate to receive a preset majority number of delegate votes becomes the party’s presidential candidate. He then selects a vice presidential candidate. Delegates are selected at the state level, according to rules and formulas determined by each political party’s state committee. Delegates are selected as follow:

Super-delegates (implemented in 1984 as a safety-valve) include elected members of the Party National Committee, Party Governors, US Senators and US Representatives (including non-voting delegates), distinguished party leaders, and unpledged “add-ons’ chosen by the party chairman.

At large delegates-Represents the entire state

State congressional district delegates-Represents each state congressional district

The current delegate selection process is summarized as follows

Open Primary: Registered voters can vote in the primary of either party, but are allowed to vote in only one primary. Most states hold closed primaries.

Closed Primary: In a closed primary, voters may vote only in the primary of the political party in which they registered.

Note: States may put presidential names or the delegates names on the ballot.

In some states not pledged delegates may vote for any candidate they wish at the convention. Pledged delegates must vote in the convention for the primary winner.

Caucus:

Meetings, open to all registered voters of the party, at which delegates to the party’s national convention are selected. The voters in attendance divide themselves into groups according to the candidate they support. Candidates are assigned the delegates they won. There may be pledged and not pledged delegates depending on each states party rules.

As in the primaries, the caucus process can produce both pledged and not pledged convention delegates, depending on the party rules of the various states.

Delegates are awarded as follows: Democrats use a proportional method.

In the republican Party, each state chooses either the proportional method or a “winner-take-all” method.

Convention:

There are four separate rules for delegateThird is the controversy centers on the 795 super delegates, elected and party officials who get to vote in the convention by virtue of their positions without expressing a candidate preference. Note: Delegates were intended to be free agents, not comparable to the members of the Electoral College. They were empowered because of respect for their judgment.

Two is the national party rule that delegates must be allocated in proportion to the vote, with no winner-take-all contests allowed.

Fourth is the dispute concerning the delegations from Michigan and Florida, which were barred last year by the Democratic National Committee after those states jumped the calendar to move to earlier primary dates.

One is the decision by many states to choose delegates through party caucuses rather than primaries.

Presidential candidates are selected by groups of delegates from each state. The Candidate then selects his vice presidential candidate.

Twelfth Amendment

Electors voting for the President and the Vice President shall meet in their respective states and shall vote on one ballot for President, and on a separate ballot for Vice President; they shall then send a signed, certified list of the outcome of the balloting to the president of the Senate.

The president of the Senate shall open the reports from the electors of the various states and tally the totals for President and the totals for Vice President.

If no person obtains a majority, then the names (not to exceed three) of those having the highest vote shall be submitted to the House of Representatives, and the House of Representatives shall immediately choose, by ballot, the President, with the delegation from each state casting one vote. To fulfill this assignment, two-thirds of all the states must be represented with one or more persons in attendance.

If no person running for Vice President has received a majority of the votes, then the two receiving the highest number of votes shall be submitted to the Senate, which shall then choose the Vice President. A quorum for the purpose of choosing a Vice President shall be at least two-thirds of the whole number of Senators. A majority of those in attendance will constitute a sufficient number to elect the Vice President.

Step One-Declare a U.S Summit meeting and complete the following tasks:

Task One: Establish and publicly release a non-partisan U.S National and Universal Mission Statement[see Part Nine] defining 21st Century commitments, policies, and goals for the 21st Century. This Mission Statement must declare a national alert and call on U.S. Congress, governors and citizens to jointly participate in defining and implementing a course of action that transitions this dysfunctional nation to a functional nation. This path must lead to ending world conflict and securing a peaceful future for all world citizens. The President, Supreme Court, or any Congressional Representatives that feel they cannot act, non-partisan, for the welfare of this nation and world citizens must immediately submit their resignation. The common welfare of the nation and world citizens has gone unheeded for too long and the age of accountability is here to stay. Citizens must understand that a functional nation requires the following:

 A President that is knowledgeable of the Constitution,recognizes critical fault lines, and coordinates with Congress, Supreme court, state governors, and Citizens to take that action required for the nation’s common welfare. Citizens must recognize that a Presidents effectiveness is dependent on the cooperation of all government branches and especially the support of unified citizens.

While we have an image of them as superheroes, they are much weaker and more limited than we give them credit for.

Task two: Call a world summit meeting and enlist fellow nations that can commit to a Universal Mission Statement[see Part Eight] that pledges an end to world conflict and a path to a peaceful future. From this base begin the development and implementation of policies and goals that will convince reluctant nations to commit.

Task Three: Establish a U.S. Citizens Governors Task Force representing all states. Their task is to develop those guidelines, policies and goals necessary to instill and establish a U.S. Society in harmony with the environment and human values that once again can make the U.S the envy of all other nations and a beacon of hope to all world citizens. U.S. Citizens are capable of meeting this challenge if we become a unified nation and once again rise to the standards set by our Founding Fathers and those that have died in battle for the nation they served.

Task Four: World nations are on a quest for survival in the 21st Century. There may be too few natural resources to meet the demands of an expanding civilization. This condition is aggravated by powerful nations that control and consume these resources. World nations must realize that sharing and conserving natural resources is our only path to survival. Wasting natural resources thru chaos, conflict, and poor planning is no longer tolerable. World design, development, production,and sale of weapons of mass destruction must stop now. World citizens must establish accountable and functional governments characterized by strong values, efficiency, knowledge, and an understanding of how to best serve the common welfare of all world citizens.

Task Five: U.S. Citizens must now act to establish and preserve the future welfare of it’s citizens. The following legislative action is required to transition a dysfunctional government to a 21stCentury and full time functional government designed, trained, and dedicated to near and long term environmental and social challenges. Government shall initiate and implement congressional bills and constitutional amendments, as applicable, to authorize and implement U.S. Citizen Directives.

As there is a degree of depravity in mankind which requires a certain degree of circumspection and distrust, so there are other qualities in human nature which justify a certain portion of esteem and confidence.

   William Butler Yeats:

The following from Willian Wordsworth:

Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed,

Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting: The soul that rises with us, our life’s star, Hath had elsewhere it’s setting,

And cometh from afar:

Not in entire forgetfulness,

And not in utter nakedness,

But trailing clouds of glory do we come From god, who is our home:

Heaven lies about us in our infancy!

Shades of the prison-house begin to close Upon the growing boy

From Intimations of Immortality from recollection of early Childhood by William Wordsworth

The discovery and development of the North American Continent set in motion a chain of events never imagined. The early pioneer thirst for freedom and independence took a giant leap. Leaders of the thirteen colonies declared their independence from England. For the first time in the history of man a Constitution was drafted, debated, revised endless times, and at last, approved and ratified by the thirteen colonies. The world wise and highly educated Founding Fathers were serious students, philosophers, and capable of debating and reaching agreement all could support. Unlike today, these men chose statesmanship and the welfare of the colonies over partisan politics. They founded a Constitution that had the potential, if followed, to lead all world nations to freedom, prosperity, and peace.

The quotes, identified below, are a wake up call and appropriate for what citizens are missing today. Given the complexity of today's technology, it is nearly impossible for citizens to understand all that is happening in our nation. Technological advances imposes and requires citizens to take a greater share of responsibility for assuring adherence to our Constitution and it's principals. Citizen actions and commitment to the preservation of our nation must match the growth of complex technology and the critical State of the Union. We must accept the idea that our issues directly relate to that of our fellow world citizens. The two are inseparable. Human and deity expectations require it. The United States must be a symbol of hope for all world citizens. A union of nations constructively working together is required to meet world challenges. The future depends on whether or not we can turn away from addiction to partisan politics and unite around the Constitution and the principles it inspires.

“On the people, therefore, of these United States, it depends whether wise men, or fools, good or bad men, shall govern….Therefore, I will now lift up my voice and cry aloud to the people….”From year to year be careful in the choice of your representatives and the higher powers [offices] of government. Fix your eyes upon men of good understanding and known honesty; men of knowledge, improved by experience; men who fear God and hate covetousness; who love truth and righteousness, and sincerely wish for the public welfare….Let not men openly irreligious and immoral become your legislators….If the legislative body are corrupt, you will soon have bad men for counselors, corrupt judges, unqualified justices, and officers in every department who will dishonor their stations".

W. Cleon Skousen wrote, “America can be ‘the Peacemaker of the world.’ She can help other nations discover the formula for freedom and prosperity. But there is an important prerequisite: Americans must first rediscover that formula for themselves, as it is embodied in the 286 principles found in the Constitution”

The Preamble states, “This Constitution is ordained and established by, ‘We the People’.

James Madison emphasized the relative amount of responsibility allocated to each level of government: “On the principle… of this Constitution…the supreme power resides in the people. If they choose to indulge a part of their sovereign power to be exercised by the state governments, they may. If they have done it, the states were right in exercising it; but if they think it no longer safe or convenient, they will resume it, or make a new distribution, more likely to be productive of that good which ought to be our constant aim. The powers both of the general government and the state governments, under this system, are acknowledged to be so many emanations of power from the people.”

“On the people, therefore, of these United States, it depends whether wise men, or fools, good or bad men, shall govern….Therefore, I will now lift up my voice and cry aloud to the people….”From year to year be careful in the choice of your representatives and the higher powers [offices] of government. Fix your eyes upon men of good understanding and known honesty; men of knowledge, improved by experience; men who fear God and hate covetousness; who love truth and righteousness, and sincerely wish for the public welfare….Let not men openly irreligious and immoral become your legislators….If the legislative body are corrupt, you will soon have bad men for counselors, corrupt judges, unqualified justices, and officers in every department who will dishonor their stations".

W. Cleon Skousen wrote, “America can be ‘the Peacemaker of the world.’ She can help other nations discover the formula for freedom and prosperity. But there is an important prerequisite: Americans must first rediscover that formula for themselves, as it is embodied in the 286 principles found in the Constitution”

“Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves, therefore, are its only safe depositories. And to render even them safe, their minds must be improved to a certain degree.”

“[A] people [can become] so demoralized and depraved as to be incapable of exercising a wholesome control….Their minds [are] to be informed by education what is right and what wrong, to be encouraged in habits of virtue and deterred from those of vice by the dread of punishments, proportioned, indeed, but irremissible; in all cases, to follow truth as the only safe guide and to eschew error, which bewilders us in one false consequence after another in endless succession.”

“The firmness with which the people have withstood the late abuses of the press, the discernment they have manifested between truth and falsehood, show that they may safely be trusted to hear everything true and false, and to form a correct judgment between them.”

For interested citizens I recommend a book funded by the National Center for Constitution Studies called, The Making of America-The Substance and Meaning of the Constitution by W. Cleon Skousen. The study for the making of America actually extended over a period of more than forty years. The non-partisan book took fourteen years to publish. This book is available at most book stores and includes the Constitution and Amendments. I also recommend to every citizen The Federal Papers, written by James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and John Jay. I think they are necessary for a full understanding of the Constitution

A sense of empowerment is a function of one's independence and the freedom to use reason, imagination, and one's innate abilities to fulfill one's potential. Citizen dependence on partisan political parties, religious institutions, and self-indulgence limits self empowerment. Lack of education, enlightenment, and knowledge of one's Constitution, government functions, and principles reduces citizens relevance, empowerment, and ability to hold themselves and government accountable.

Self-realization can become lost when demands are made on us by family, friends, society, and the market place. Other demands may be made by political parties, religious institutions, and employers. Any serious introspection, contemplation, and rapture of living is easily shoved into the background and shutdown. When we fail to listen to the inner voice we are prone to lose our life's momentum. Our only motivation becomes getting through the day. We become dependent on forces outside ourselves and we forget what is important to ourselves, our family, and our nation.

A nations citizens and government, religious, and education leaders are the first lines of defense against anarchy, where there is no government, and tyranny, where there is too much control. A Constitution , a constitutional republic form of government, provides a balanced center. When the balanced center is deserted by these leaders a nation drifts back to anarchy or tyranny. Open societies must understand these balances. An enlightened society would move the nation back to a balanced center. Today, the United States lacks an enlightened society. The United States citizens, partisan political parties, and leaders are addicted to partisan politics with little or no hope of recovery. Citizens recognize that the nation is shutting down. Dis empowered citizens seeking someone to blame lash out at fringe groups who are just as anxious and confused as themselves.

What must world citizens recognize, acknowledge, and accept, in order to define a path that leads to an acceptable future for the human race: First, that technology and the world Internet has linked world citizens together and changed the course, for good or bad, of civilization. Second, that the lives of all world citizens,some more then others, have grown so complex that a higher level of human education, experience, and enlightenment is required for current and future generations. Third, That humans must be equipped to cope with the unnatural stresses of living in an unnatural fast moving technological world environment. Our world scientists are telling us that we are not prepared to deal with such a fast society and changing environment. Society is expressing all the symptoms of a mentally disturbed race. The governments of all nations are challenged by citizens demanding massive government changes, more freedom, and increased services. Frustration of all parties is driven by citizens inability to unify and speak as one body or to coherently identify the means and processes by which their demands could be met. A new world order and twenty first century mythology is required to guide world citizens into the future.

In this twenty first century the dark side of human nature is in ascendance. I don't think we have to argue that point. Citizens, villages, states, and nations must set the bar higher. The Christian community, heeding the word of God, set the bar high and failed to halt the advance of the dark. The secular world performance has done no better. All our pretensions to freedom, prosperity, and peace rings false. The only voices pleading and begging for sanity come from the scientists of all world nations. These scientists embody the principles that the rest of us aspire to. These scientists study, work, and live in the micro and macro elements that make up this magnificent and mysterious universe. These scientists have and are continuing to ring an alarm heard around the world. They say what we are doing to the environment, human health, and the inequitable distribution of wealth is an abomination. To humanities shame we are not heeding their call. Politicians around the world turn a deaf ear to scientists and heed the benefits of partisan politics, influence, and easy money. Religious institutions continue to support partisan political parties, education, and special interests without holding them accountable to basic principles. There is little serious support for the Constitution, the common welfare, or the environment challenges identified by world scientists. There is a growing acceptance that any principle or law can be violated provided it benefits partisan political parties, religious institutions, and many special interests. The 2012 politcal parties campaign validates this fact.
 
Secular and Christian Conflicts

It's mportant to clarify why secular and Christian differences exist. It's also important to clarify what each have in common. Then perhaps we may propose a path that allows both to pursue common goals that provide for the common welfare of the United States and all nations. Being secular means being connected with the world and it's affairs while excluding things related to r
In this twenty first century we find our nation’s citizens divided and drifting without purpose or hope for the future. Our nation has drifted far off course and lost it’s way. The common welfare of the nation is no longer the goal. The goal is self-gratification, partisan political parties, and religious institutional power. The ultimate goal is to keep the nation divided to facilitate the power of all special interests. This nation continues to be respected and viewed as a land of values and a beacon of light and hope by many world citizens. The United States continues to be a land of opportunity. However, values have taken a severe hit and democratic principles are oviously being abandoned by many citizens, government, religious institutions, and special interests.
President Obama Begins His Second Term:
The year 2014 begins with the unending struggle between secular and Christian beliefs in the origin of humans. The struggle between those that believe in creation and those that believe in evolution has powerful negative consequences.

How Political Parties use Politics to Circumvent the Constitution

United States political parties use liberal versus conservative philosophies to identify themselves. As needed they use extreme right and extreme left party members and media extremists to divide the nation. When politics requires a softer approach they call for the moderates from each party. It’s a skillful strategy to keep the people divided and the nation dysfunctional. This strategy is possible because 80-90 percent of citizens are illiterate in regard to their Constitution and current government functions. Reference Pew Research Center and Cato Institute surveys concerning citizen awareness. This condition is traceable to government, education, and religious leaders that see no need for children and adults to be grounded in the founding and development of a Constitution that defines government functions and citizen responsibilities.

David Walker was America’s former comptroller general who wrote the following bestseller book showing how the nation became fiscally dysfunctional. Comeback America: Turning the Country Around and Restoring Fiscal Responsibility. This book reminds us how dire our deficit and debt picture has become. As comptroller general, he saw the ins and outs of that picture because he had to audit the financial statements of the Office of Management and Budget and the secretary of the treasury. Now, as head of the Pete G. Peterson Foundation, this 58-year-old accountant is on a mission to warn Americans that we must deal with this picture soon or suffer critical consequences.

Recently, Utah Senator Bennett lost his bid to retain his Senate seat. He candidly admitted that the Republic Party dumped him because he failed to vote the party position. Senator Bennett: “The concern I have is that ideology and a demand for absolute party purity endangers our ability to govern once we get into office.”

Senator Bennett is telling us what he couldn’t when he was still running for Senator. He confirms the gap between politicians and citizens and sheds light on why citizens and politicians have so little respect for one another. Politicians recognize that citizens have little or no understanding of their government, Constitution, and the complexity of current issues. Recognizing this, politicians are faced with the following decisions:

First, if you want to be re-elected you must be prepared to vote based on public opinion even when you know it is irresponsible.

Second, if you vote your conscious and in the best interest of the common welfare you know the electorate will find a new representative that will vote the partisan party line.

Third, you must always vote contrary to the opposing partisan political party regardless of the common welfare.

Forth, whatever you do, pretend you are anti big government, even as you create layer upon layer of bureaucracy. The fact is citizens refuse to take any responsibility and state, despite all their whining, that they want the Federal government to assume their responsibilities.

Fifth, lavish praise on corporate media shills, even if you have to hold your nose, while they whip their worshiping partisan citizens into frenzy. Just remember this is a sick alliance put in place by corporate executives seeking advertising profits and control that allow ownership of politicians seeking election.

Sixth, realize partisan politics is an addictive shell game that drives partisan citizens into a deep dependence on sources that do their thinking for them.

Our scientists define humans as Homo sapient. We prefer to call ourselves humans. Since conception we humans have spent our lives seeking ways to secure our future. Primitive humans gained security by banding together as tribes. Tribes gained security by banding together to form alliances. Eventually, rights and security were gained by banding together to form nations with governments. Now, nations band together to gain security and protection from more powerful nations. On a virgin continent, known as North America, thirteen colonies banded together and established a United States Constitution that gave independence, power over the government, and the responsibility to hold government and themselves accountable to the Constitution. This Constitution, a constitutional republic form of government, if adopted and followed, can provide security for all world citizens.

Major issues:

The truth is, the complexity of emerging nations and advanced technology drives more issues and challenges that have to be addressed and resolved in a global environment where every action we take in the United States effects other nations and every action they take involves our nation. I think what citizens really want is a unified functional and efficient government that works within the framework of the United States Constitution and related principles. 

The argument for and against big government is endless. At election time both political parties are bound to declare to the world, that they are vehemently opposed to big government. Neither party believes its own declaration. Citizens are weary of a dysfunctional government that allows inefficiency, corruption, and poor judgment to render the nation a world debtor

The truth is, the complexity of emerging nations and advanced technology drives more issues and challenges that have to be addressed and resolved in a global environment where every action we take in the United States effects other nations and every action they take involves our nation. I think what citizens really want is a unified functional and efficient government that works within the framework of the United States Constitution and related principals. Now we have to face the following facts:

The staged debates between political parties serves several purposes. One purpose is to pit the citizens of one party against the other and keep the nation politically divided. A second purpose is to inflame the electorate with low priority issues so that solutions to high priority issues can be put aside. A third purpose is to drive fear of political change that might threaten the Washington power structure. These strategies for clinging to power are supported by religious institutions seeking to maintain their own power structure. Education institutions also seek to secure their power structure and influence. Unions also use their influence to swing votes that may enhance their goals irregardless of the national welfare. The truth is that the leaders of these institutions have never taken responsibility for holding themselves and citizens accountable to the Constitution or the common welfare of the people.

Nations and citizens are defined by their priorities. United States Citizens highest priority should be preservation of our Constitution, a constitutional republic form of government. Adherence to our Constitution grants us freedom, prosperity, and peace. It is the only guarantee of freedom of worship. World nations highest priority must be a similar form of government. Our global priority is to be prudent caretakers of our environment and all life. All other priorities take second place. However, these priorities are not the path we choose to follow. Why not? The answer is that lower priorities are a much easier path to pursue. Easier paths require less effort, less knowledge, and lower expectations. An easier path allows self-gratification and apathy. Other benefits include relinquishing personal responsibility to government, political parties, religious institutions, and special interests. This path eventually brings a realization we have betrayed our selves, our principles, our Constitution, and our children. There is always hope. Hope and opportunity require returning to our highest priorities. Success is dependent on unified and literate citizens understanding and following a constitutional republic form of government.

Both Democratic and Republican Parties continue to express concern that the United States government has embraced socialism and is rapidly moving to that form of government. The inference is that both parties seek to turn the United States into a Socialist State. United States citizens are bewildered about what form of government the Founding Fathers gave them, what form of government they now have, and what form of government they want. Only citizens can answer what form of government they want. The root problem is that Congress, educators, and religious institutions neglected, or chose not to educate citizens concerning their Constitution and citizen responsibilities. The Founding Fathers gave citizens a Constitutional Republic form of government where all power resides in the people. The Constitution requires that citizens be knowledgeable of the Constitution, participate in the functions of government, and hold the government accountable. Citizens never understood this and over time the Congress chose to ignore the Constitution, related principles, and established partisan political parties that divided the nation and made it dysfunctional, corrupt, and fiscally bankrupt. Citizens know the rest of the story.

United States political parties use liberal versus conservative philosophies to identify themselves. As needed they use extreme right and extreme left party members and media extremists to divide the nation. When politics requires a softer approach they call for the moderates from each party. It’s a skillful strategy to keep the people divided and the nation dysfunctional. This strategy is possible because 80-90 percent of citizens are illiterate in regard to their Constitution and current government functions. Reference Pew Research Center and Cato Institute surveys concerning citizen awareness. This condition is traceable to government, education, and religious leaders that see no need for children and adults to be grounded in the founding and development of a Constitution that defines government functions and citizen responsibilities.

Establish and follow the recommended priorities. They have voluntarily given their empowerment and responsibilities to those they elected. They could fight to regain them if they had the courage and the will. Citizens must ask themselves if they are willing to learn and become disciplined enough to try. It is possible. In the meantime this existing dysfunctional government is all we have. However, independent and reasoning citizens could unite together and have tremendous influence. Be aware, partisan politicians have no intention of allowing that to happen. They are confident their ownership of United States Citizens has been earned and validated by citizens. The citizen Constitution amendment process, citizens last resort, vanished as the nation became permanently divided.

United States political parties use liberal versus conservative philosophies to identify themselves. As needed they use extreme right and extreme left party members and media extremists to divide the nation. When politics requires a softer approach they call for the moderates from each party. It’s a skillful strategy to keep the people divided and the nation dysfunctional. This strategy is possible because 80-90 percent of citizens are illiterate in regard to their Constitution and current government functions.

Patriot Samuel Langdon before the Massachusetts legislature in 1788 declared:

“On the people, therefore, of these United States, it depends whether wise men, or fools, good or bad men, shall govern….Therefore, I will now lift up my voice and cry aloud to the people….”From year to year be careful in the choice of your representatives and the higher powers [offices] of government. Fix your eyes upon men of good understanding and known honesty; men of knowledge, improved by experience; men who fear God and hate covetousness; who love truth and righteousness, and sincerely wish for the public welfare….Let not men openly irreligious and immoral become your legislators….If the legislative body are corrupt, you will soon have bad men for counselors, corrupt judges, unqualified justices, and officers in every department who will dishonor their stations".

Open Versus Closed Societies

In open societies citizens should be sensitive to events that indicate society is closing up and their rights are closing down. Our Founders insisted we citizens be the first line of defense for our freedom. Elected leaders in a far distant city cannot be allowed to infringe on citizen's rights and freedom. Citizens should be sensitive to: 1- governments that use security classifications to avoid transparency, 2-Governments that exaggerate internal and external threats in order to work their will, 3-governments that place partisan politics above the common welfare, 4-citizens illiterate in regard to their Constitution and responsibilities, 5-governments that function at the will of the extreme right and left while the center remains mute, 6-elected congressional leaders that seek to make politics a lifetime career, 7-citizens that allow elected representatives to rule from one distant city, 8-governments that are dysfunctional and debt ridden, 9-a nation rapidly drifting toward obesity, drugs, and illiteracy, 10-a society lacking civility, divided politically, and distribution of wealth disproportional. A nation displaying these conditions is cause for severe alarm and a return to Constitutional law and principals is required. When citizens and leaders become addicted to the game of partisan politics the Constitution becomes irrelevant and the nation closes down.

Empowerment Thru the Internet

A sense of empowerment is a function of one's independence and the freedom to use reason, imagination, and one's innate abilities to fulfill one's potential. Citizen dependence on partisan political parties, religious institutions, and self-indulgence limits self empowerment. Lack of education, enlightenment, and knowledge of one's Constitution, government functions, and principles reduces citizens relevance, empowerment, and ability to hold themselves and government accountable.

An explosive technology gave us an Internet that touches the lives of all world citizens. Today, world citizens witness world wide conflict and chaos. All nations are exposed to conflict and chaos driven by the dark side of human nature and a chaotic environment. All attempts to unify world citizens and nations for the common welfare of citizens have been frustrated. Now, world citizens are learning to unify thru the Internet. This opens the door to freeing citizens and hopefully ceasing the cycle of conflict and chaos. The Internet can be the means by which world citizens can achieve freedom, prosperity, and peace. However, to be effective the Internet requires enlightened world citizens dedicated to Constitutions they establish and support.

In our world today, our sources of information are dictated by our culture, religion, and national leaders. In our formative years society dictates what is imprinted on our brain. Then comes the day when youth matures and engages a global world. World youth merging with differing cultures, religions, and learning institutions develop friends and acquaintances from every walk of life. This is where enlightenment flourishes for all that become engaged. Here, you are free to recognize and pursue new sources of information. You are freewheeling with only your innate senses to guide you. In this melting pot cultures, religions, and politics are challenged, debated, and new ideas conceived and explored. Here, you have an opportunity to discard prejudices, bigotry, and beliefs that no longer make sense. This is constructive for the youth of all nations. This is the youth that have the opportunity and vision to see that the divisive baggage of past generations need not be carried into the future. These are the youth that will transition dysfunctional nations into functional nations and provide a positive future for all world citizens.

How do we identify reliable sources that can be counted on to guide us while we build our future? How do young people know which sources are not reliable? Perhaps the following guidelines may help:

A major error is to look only for sources whose ideas, findings, or arguments you already agree with. You should be open to opposing ideas and not automatically discount them just because you don't like them. This is a time to rely on independence of thought, reason, and perhaps new sources of information.

In most cases, you should stay away from Internet information that doesn't list an author

The policy on sourcing is Wikipedia Verifiability, which requires inline citations for any material challenged or likely to be challenged, and for all quotations.

Every television and print news source has a web site. To some extent, you can rely on the most trusted news sources, but you should not rely on them exclusively.

The truth is information is only powerful if it is reliable. Reliable information serves as the basis for beliefs, decisions, choices, and understanding our world.

If you want reliable facts, then using facts from a source that meets certain criteria of quality will help assure the probability that those facts are indeed reliable. Use credibility, accuracy, reasonableness, and support as a checklist for what you consider a reliable source.

An author or source of information should show some evidence of being knowledgeable, reliable, and truthful.

The Internet allows all connected world citizens to shape a new world where all citizens can lead quality and productive lives, 

The Internet is the key by which all world citizens can unite and empower themselves to govern themselves.

The Internet is shaping a new civilization where all racial, cultural, and religious institutions will blend into a universal united nations of the world. Universal education will begin the enlightenment of all world citizens and a constitutional republic form of government that protects all citizens from the government and the government from the foolishness of the people. The United States Founding Fathers wishes will be fulfilled. All human and deity expections will be satisfied. 

The Internet is the Path to Reclaiming the Constitution  

The founding of the Constitution was made possible because there was a virgin continent occupied by independent reasoning people that were willing to declare their independence from a distant motherland, fight, and win their independence. The founding of the Constitution sent a message to all nations that they also could strive and fight to gain freedom, prosperity, and peace. Those that live in nations that rule by tyranny are trapped and require all the peaceful help we can give them. The United States greatest contribution is to lead world nations by example. A unified United States living in accordance with the Constitution and those principles that demonstrate morality and civility provides a beacon of light to all other nations.

Unfortunately, having achieved economic and military superiority, the United states became arrogant and drifted away from the Constitution and it's principles. The heart and soul of the Constitution is based on an enlightened electorate, congress, supreme court, and executive leaders fulfilling their Constitutional responsibilities. Unfortunately, the dark and divisive nature of humans prevailed and lingering primitive tribal instincts overcame the requirement to meet Constitution responsibilities. Now, national and global challenges have peaked, and all citizens, states, and branches of the United States government are engaged in and addicted to destructive partisan politics that divide the nation and render it financially unstable.

For interested citizens I recommend a book funded by the National Center for Constitution Studies called, The Making of America-The Substance and Meaning of the Constitution by W. Cleon Skousen. The study for the making of America actually extended over a period of more than forty years. The non-partisan book took fourteen years to publish. This book is available at most book stores and includes the Constitution and Amendments. I also recommend to every citizen The Federal Papers, written by James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and John Jay. I think they are necessary for a full understanding of the Constitution

An explosive technology gave us an Internet that touches the lives of all world citizens. Today, world citizens witness world wide conflict and chaos. All nations are exposed to conflict and chaos driven by the dark side of human nature and a chaotic environment. All attempts to unify world citizens and nations for the common welfare of citizens have been frustrated. Now, world citizens are learning to unify thru the Internet. This opens the door to freeing citizens and hopefully ceasing the cycle of conflict and chaos. The Internet can be the means by which world citizens can achieve freedom, prosperity, and peace. However, to be effective the Internet requires enlightened world citizens dedicated to Constitutions they establish and support. The Internet provides access to all forms of government and how governments function. The Internet takes you directly to the United States Constitution, Federalist Papers, and those critical issues and challenges that confront most world nations. The Internet is the path to citizen enlightenment and empowerment. The Internet can propose questions and provide answers. When will we know questions and answers are critical to the advancement of the United States Constitution.

When will we know:

When will we know United States citizens are willing to engage and accept their Constitutional responsibilities?

When citizens enlighten themselves in regard to the Constitution, it's requirements, and it's purpose.

When citizens recognize, accept, and fulfil their Constitution responsibilities.

When citizens hold their federal leaders accountable to the Constitution and use the Constitution amendment process if necessary to maintain the Constitution.

When will we know that a dysfunctional United States government is becoming functional?

When families huddle together and make knowledge and understanding of their Constitution, Federalist Papers, and related principles their highest priority.

When dependent citizens choose independence and cast out partisan political parties and relie on their own reasoning and judgement.

When Congressional representatives are allowed to vote their conscience independent of partisan political parties and special interests.

When an enlightened electorate pleases the national common welfare above their own.

When the electorate recognizes the common welfare includes the welfare of all world nations.

When religious institutions recognize that world harmony requires secular and religious institutions recognize that constitutional republic forms of government must contain checks and balances that limit the harm driven by the dark side of human nature.

When will citizens know they must utilize the amendment process to override the Federal government and impose the will of the electorate to provide for the common welfare?

When will we know that the United States Constitution is a form of government that citizens are willing to recognize, accept, and be accountable for?

Unify National and World Citizens Around a Constitutional Republic Form of Government

The State of the World is in crisis and depending on a functional United States to stabilize the world economy and demonstrate the benefits of a constitutional republic form of government. No sane United States Citizen believes the United States has a living Constitution or a functional government. Decades of Constitution abuse by citizens, leaders of all branches of government, and partisan political party leaders has undermined the integrity of the United States In the eyes of its citizens and the world. World nations greatest fear is that a dysfunctional United States will destroy their fragile economy. The Founding Fathers feared that future generations would allow the Constitution to be changed by usurpation or twisted interpretation. Their fears are justified. An electorate that gives its government leaders an approximate 18 percent approval rate shows a broken, frustrated, and divided nation.

The above facts demand an explanation. How did a Christian nation governed by Christian leaders divide the nation, render it dysfunctional, and fiscally irresponsible. When did Constitution responsibilities become obsolete? When did basic principles cease to guide. When did the nations primary lines of defense cease to exist? These questions must be answered if the nation is to become a functional nation under a living Constitution founded on innate principles. 

The Founding Fathers creation of the Constitution was considered a miracle and many say divinely inspired. This miracle took place on a new continent by men that were independent and determined to be free men in an isolated land. This freedom inspired the creation of the most powerful economic and military nation in the world. Sadly, political, education, and religious leaders saw no value in educating generations of youth the value and responsibilities of their Constitution and its related principles. Therefore, todays citizens lack independence, knowledge, and most important they lack the desire and the will to represent themselves and define the policies and legislation they want enacted. Basically, citizens freely delegated all their responsibilities to leaders and failed to hold them accountable. Naturally, citizens became irrelevant.

The United States Constitution requires Enlightened citizens committed to fulfilling constitutional requirements and holding government leaders accountable. For interested citizens I recommend a book funded by the National Center for Constitution Studies called, The Making of America-The Substance and Meaning of the Constitution by W. Cleon Skousen. The study for the making of America actually extended over a period of more than forty years. The non-partisan book took fourteen years to publish. This book is available at most book stores and includes the Constitution and Amendments. I also recommend to every citizen The Federalist Papers, written by James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and John Jay. I think they are necessary for a full understanding of the Constitution. There is strong consensus that they are the most important political science documents ever written, or likely ever to be written. These essays were translated into modern language by Mary E. Webster and published as The Federalist Papers in Modern Language Indexed for Today’s Political Issues. I will quote excerpts, as follows, from these papers that I think pertinent to 21st Century.

Require the electorate to fulfill their Constitution responsibilities. Agree that corporations and unions are not people and get them out of campaign finance shenanigans. Allow only individuals to contribute to campaigns and limit those. 

David Walker is America’s former comptroller general who wrote the following bestseller book showing how the nation became fiscally dysfunctional. Comeback America: Turning the Country Around and Restoring Fiscal Responsibility. This book reminds us how dire our deficit and debt picture has become. As comptroller general, he saw the ins and outs of that picture because he had to audit the financial statements of the Office of Management and Budget and the secretary of the treasury. Now, as head of the Pete G. Peterson Foundation, this 58-year-old accountant is on a mission to warn Americans that we must deal with this picture soon or suffer critical consequences.

United States political parties use liberal versus conservative philosophies to identify themselves. As needed they use extreme right and extreme left party members and media extremists to divide the nation. When politics requires a softer approach they call for the moderates from each party. It’s a skillful strategy to keep the people divided and the nation dysfunctional. This strategy is possible because 80-90 percent of citizens are illiterate in regard to their Constitution and current government functions.

First subject: The argument for and against big government is endless. At election time both political parties are bound to declare to the world, that they are vehemently opposed to big government. Neither party believes its own declaration. Citizens are weary of a dysfunctional government that allows inefficiency, corruption, and poor judgment to render the nation a world debtor

.The truth is, the complexity of emerging nations and advanced technology drives more issues and challenges that have to be addressed and resolved in a global environment where every action we take in the United States effects other nations and every action they take involves our nation. I think what citizens really want is a unified functional and efficient government that works within the framework of the United States Constitution and related principals. Now we have to face the following facts:

Second subject: The staged debates between political parties serves several purposes. One purpose is to pit the citizens of one party against the other and keep the nation politically divided. A second purpose is to inflame the electorate with low priority issues so that solutions to high priority issues can be put aside. A third purpose is to drive fear of political change that might threaten the Washington power structure. These strategies for clinging to power are supported by religious institutions seeking to maintain their own power structure. Education institutions also seek to secure their power structure and influence. Unions also use their influence to swing votes that may enhance their goals irregardless of the national welfare. The truth is that the leaders of these institutions have never taken responsibility for holding themselves and citizens accountable to the Constitution or the common welfare of the people.

Third subject: Nations and citizens are defined by their priorities. United States Citizens highest priority should be preservation of our Constitution, a constitutional republic form of government. Adherence to our Constitution grants us freedom, prosperity, and peace. It is the only guarantee of freedom of worship. World nations highest priority must be a similar form of government. Our global priority is to be prudent caretakers of our environment and all life. All other priorities take second place. However, these priorities are not the path we choose to follow. Why not? The answer is that lower priorities are a much easier path to pursue. Easier paths require less effort, less knowledge, and lower expectations. An easier path allows self-gratification and apathy. Other benefits include relinquishing personal responsibility to government, political parties, religious institutions, and special interests. This path eventually brings a realization we have betrayed our selves, our principles, our Constitution, and our children. There is always hope. Hope and opportunity require returning to our highest priorities. Success is dependent on unified and literate citizens understanding and following a constitutional republic form of government.

Forth subject: Both Democratic and Republican Parties continue to express concern that the United States government has embraced socialism and is rapidly moving to that form of government.

The inference is that both parties seek to turn the United States into a Socialist State. United States citizens are bewildered about what form of government the Founding Fathers gave them, what form of government they now have, and what form of government they want. Only citizens can answer what form of government they want. The root problem is that Congress, educators, and religious institutions neglected, or chose not to educate citizens concerning their Constitution and citizen responsibilities. The Founding Fathers gave citizens a Constitutional Republic form of government where all power resides in the people. The Constitution requires that citizens be knowledgeable of the Constitution, participate in the functions of government, and hold the government accountable. Citizens never understood this and over time the Congress chose to ignore the Constitution, related principles, and established partisan political parties that divided the nation and made it dysfunctional, corrupt, and fiscally bankrupt. Citizens know the rest of the story.

United States Citizens are faced with choosing a president to serve the next four year term. The nation faces critical unemployment and financial challenges of their own making. Guiding Constitution and Christian principles have been trampled by national leaders and citizens in their quest for self-gratification. This self-indulgent generation has run it's course. The future requires a return to the Founding Fathers Constitution and it's checks and balances that protect citizens from their government and government from their electorate. All constitution and christian principles require educated and enlightened citizens. The Founding Fathers Constitution failed because government, religious, and education leaders chose to allow the electorate to become illiterate in regard to their Constitutional responsibilities and principles. Citizens share this responsibility. It's a much easier path to follow when responsibilities are set aside. Federal and state government empowerment grew because the electorate, only partially thru ignorance, yielded their responsibilities and therefore their empowerment. Now, we can either continue on this failed path or we can chose to become knowledgeable of our Constitution and fulfill our citizen responsibilities. This process also advances our education and enlightenment.

The United States government and electorate have some life changing choices to make. Damage control is required. It will not come easy or overnight. Either the dark side of human nature, as it has in the past, or the sunshine side will prevail. Both require education and enlightenment. Divisive political parties and electorate addiction to partisan politics is the path that made our nation dysfunctional and created the despair we feel today. This addiction has split the nation politically . No longer can citizens use the Constitution amendment process to correct government excesses. A partisan Congress will not allow it. Partisan political parties, with rare exceptions, dictate how your Senator or Congressman can vote. This coming national election is critical . Citizens must decide whether they want Constitutional law or partisan political party law.

There are facts that citizens must consider. These facts are as follows: First, the electorate are illiterate in regard to their own Constitution and government. Second, the electorate lacks knowledge of national and international issues and their complexities. Third, the electorate are basically contemptuous, with rare exceptions, of their acting government leaders. They were not chosen by the citizens. They were chosen by organized partisan political parties. The electorate can only rubber stamp those bought and paid for candidates each political party puts on the ballet. Either choice brings the same results as long as the electorate participates in this charade.

Citizens serious about becoming empowered and taking responsibility for their government and their future must do the following: First, read the Constitution and recognize the significance of each article and the sections within each article. Nearly all are relevant in this twenty-first century. Really understand the significance and power of each. You can do this yourself. Study and discussion groups can help. Second, just as important is The Federalist Papers that define why the Constitution had to be adopted by the Thirteen Colonies. Third, obtain a copy of The Making of America-The substance and Meaning of the Constitution by W.Cleon Skousen. Understanding these three documents can put you on equal footing with ninety five percent of all Americans. These documents are the backbone of the nation. If you are sincere in your quest you will be motivated to become a guardian of your nation, your future, and the future of your family. Third, stand above partisan politics and those special interests that intend to control your vote. You are qualified to make your own evaluations and decisions based on your own judgment. Fourth, recognize that the existing political system is broken and beyond repair. Returning to the Constitution and it's principles is going to take an incredible amount of time to repair our nation. The electorate will have to be made familiar with their Constitutional responsibilities through education, enlightenment, and experience. This goal can and must be accomplished. The future welfare of the nation and world citizens requires it. America must strive to be a beacon of light and hope for all world citizens. This requires the United States to establish and follow laws and principles that all world citizens can respect and hope for.

In this 21st Century we find our nation’s citizens divided and drifting without purpose or hope for the future. Our nation has drifted far off course and lost it’s way. The common welfare of the nation is no longer the goal. The goal is self-gratification, political party power, religious institutional power, individual wealth, and keeping the nation divided to facilitate the power of government and special interests. At one time this nation was respected and viewed as a land of values and a beacon of light and hope by many world citizens. That time has past. The U.S. Continues to be a land of opportunity. However, values have taken a severe hit and democratic principles are being abandoned by citizens, government, religious institutions, and special interests. U.S. Citizens must now act. 

The following Scenarios Demonstrate a Process for Empowerment

United States Founding Fathers were British citizens, on a virgin continent, that empowered themselves, at great peril, to reject British rule and declare their independence. These Founding Fathers proceeded to empower themselves to define the most powerful Constitution known to man. This Constitution empowered all United States Citizens to form the greatest economic and military power the world has ever known. Tragically, United States Citizens over time rejected their empowerment and yielded it to partisan political parties who chose to drive the nation dysfunctional and fiscally challenged. The most powerful nation in the world has compromised it's role as the leader of the free world. Now, it is past time for identifying just what citizens expectations and goals are at this critical stage. We begin by defining the expectations and goals of major factions that have influenced the national decline.

United States Citizens:

Congress:

Political Parties:

Corporations:

Religious Institutions:

States:

IRA

Empowerment belongs to reasoning, imaginative, and independent citizens that hold themselves and others accountable to innate principles and constitutional republic forms of government. These independent citizens are capable of establishing, implementing, and maintaining constitutional republic forms of government. These forms of government require empowered independent citizens that can delegate and withdraw power to branches of government as required to meet Constitution requirements. These are the kind of independent citizens required to sustain a nation. There are to few citizens of this caliber.

Being empowered requires independence of thought, reasoning, imagination, and an understanding of one's relationship and responsibility for preserving the environment and all life. Beyond this, we rely on experience and our innate knowledge to tell us how to live and participate constructively in a ballooning technological world. Beginning at an early age children must be taught how to use their reasoning and imagination to gain independence and empowerment. They must be knowledgeable of the Constitution and it's meaning and responsibilities as defined by the Founding Fathers. This is their heritage. They must be the guardians thru the coming centuries.

In front of an audience, approximately fifteen years ago, Ted Turner announcd a one billion gift to U.N. causes such as fighting global poverty. Matthew Bishop, co-author of "Philanthrocapitalism," is a book about developing philanthropy. Soon after Bill Gates and Warren Buffett contributed massive sums and continue to encourage billionaires to contribute much of their billions.

Degrees of United States Citizenship:

First Degree

“All persons born or naturalized in the United States and “subject to the jurisdiction thereof” are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside.”

Note: This addresses all citizens not eligible to vote, not of age, and those eligible citizens that choose not to vote.

Second Degree

May, or may not, vote in local, state, and federal elections.

Vote is determined by influence of political, cultural, religious, or ethnic positions.

Is not knowledgeable of local, state, and national issues.

Is not knowledgeable of state or federal constitutions.

Third Degree

Votes in local, state, and federal elections.

Knowledgeable of local issues

Is not knowledgeable of state and federal issues.

Is not knowledgeable of state and federal constitutions

Vote is determined by political, cultural, religious, or ethnic positions.

Fourth Degree

Votes in local, state, and federal elections

Knowledgeable of local and state issues.

Vote is determined by influence of political, cultural, religious, or ethnic positions.

Knowledgeable of state constitution.

Fifth Degree

Vote in local, state, and federal elections

Knowledgeable of local, state, and federal issues

Knowledgeable of state and federal constitutions

Votes independent of political, cultural, religious, and ethic influence.

Sixth Degree

Votes in local, state, and federal elections

Rises above political, cultural, religious, and ethnic influence to define, implement, and support constitutions, mission statements, policies, and goals that promote the near and long term common welfare of all citizens.

Knowledgeable of state and federal constitutions.

Knowledgeable of United Nations Constitution

Knowledgeable of North Atlantic Treaty Organization

Knowledgeable of local, state, federal, and global critical social, economic, and environmental issues

Committed to working with willing nations to end world conflict and securing the peace, salvaging and protecting the environment, and living peacefully in harmony with the universe and all life thereon.

Sixth Degree citizens may be our only hope, if we are to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. This is the criteria citizens must meet and use in selecting our presidents, senators, congressmen, and judges. This is the criteria citizens must use to form local and state governments. This is the criteria citizens must rise to if they are to build a secure future for themselves and future generations. This is the criteria that must be taught to all students across the nation and around the world.

Citizens might consider another view of how government should function. Now, here's how the real world functions. Non-political organizations face goals and challenges on a high priority basis. I know that Safety of Flight engineers do. Safety of Flight Commissions are not structured and managed around each members partisan political persuasion. There is no litmus test for partisan politics and political correctness. Safety of Flight is the priority and single objective. United States Citizens might consider establishing what they think our national priorities should be and hold government accountable. For instance, they might consider calling for the following national priorities: First priority, compliance with The United States Constitution. It guarantees freedom, prosperity, and peace. Second priority, living and maintaining a spirit of hope for oppressed people all over the world. Third priority, begin to actually live by Christian principles. Forth priority, demanding and demonstrating the Right of the people of the United States to govern themselves. Fifth priority, become informed and reasoning citizens capable of thinking and acting independent of partisan politics and special interests. Sixth priority, hold citizens and government accountable to the Constitution. Seventh priority, start home teaching these priorities to United States youth so they don't repeat this generations mistakes.

The argument for and against big government is endless. At election time both political parties are bound to declare to the world, that they are vehemently opposed to big government. Neither party believes its own declaration. Citizens are weary of a dysfunctional government that allows inefficiency, corruption, and poor judgment to render the nation a world debtor

The truth is, the complexity of emerging nations and advanced technology drives more issues and challenges that have to be addressed and resolved in a global environment where every action we take in the United States effects other nations and every action they take involves our nation. I think what citizens really want is a unified functional and efficient government that works within the framework of the United States Constitution and related principals. Now we have to face the following facts:

The staged debates between political parties serves several purposes. One purpose is to pit the citizens of one party against the other and keep the nation politically divided. A second purpose is to inflame the electorate with low priority issues so that solutions to high priority issues can be put aside. A third purpose is to drive fear of political change that might threaten the Washington power structure. These strategies for clinging to power are supported by religious institutions seeking to maintain their own power structure. Education institutions also seek to secure their power structure and influence. Unions also use their influence to swing votes that may enhance their goals irregardless of the national welfare. The truth is that the leaders of these institutions have never taken responsibility for holding themselves and citizens accountable to the Constitution or the common welfare of the people.

Nations and citizens are defined by their priorities. United States Citizens highest priority should be preservation of our Constitution, a constitutional republic form of government. Adherence to our Constitution grants us freedom, prosperity, and peace. It is the only guarantee of freedom of worship. World nations highest priority must be a similar form of government. Our global priority is to be prudent caretakers of our environment and all life. All other priorities take second place. However, these priorities are not the path we choose to follow. Why not? The answer is that lower priorities are a much easier path to pursue. Easier paths require less effort, less knowledge, and lower expectations. An easier path allows self-gratification and apathy. Other benefits include relinquishing personal responsibility to government, political parties, religious institutions, and special interests. This path eventually brings a realization we have betrayed our selves, our principles, our Constitution, and our children. There is always hope. Hope and opportunity require returning to our highest priorities. Success is dependent on unified and literate citizens understanding and following a constitutional republic form of government.

Both Democratic and Republican Parties continue to express concern that the United States government has embraced socialism and is rapidly moving to that form of government.

The inference is that both parties seek to turn the United States into a Socialist State. United States citizens are bewildered about what form of government the Founding Fathers gave them, what form of government they now have, and what form of government they want. Only citizens can answer what form of government they want. The root problem is that Congress, educators, and religious institutions neglected, or chose not to educate citizens concerning their Constitution and citizen responsibilities. The Founding Fathers gave citizens a Constitutional Republic form of government where all power resides in the people. The Constitution requires that citizens be knowledgeable of the Constitution, participate in the functions of government, and hold the government accountable. Citizens never understood this and over time the Congress chose to ignore the Constitution, related principles, and established partisan political parties that divided the nation and made it dysfunctional, corrupt, and fiscally bankrupt. Citizens know the rest of the story.

United States Citizens are faced with choosing a president to serve the next four year term. The nation faces critical unemployment and financial challenges of their own making. Guiding Constitution and Christian principles have been trampled by national leaders and citizens in their quest for self-gratification. This self-indulgent generation has run it's course. The future requires a return to the Founding Fathers Constitution and it's checks and balances that protect citizens from their government and government from their electorate. All constitution and christian principles require educated and enlightened citizens. The Founding Fathers Constitution failed because government, religious, and education leaders chose to allow the electorate to become illiterate in regard to their Constitutional responsibilities and principles. Citizens share this responsibility. It's a much easier path to follow when responsibilities are set aside. Federal and state government empowerment grew because the electorate, only partially thru ignorance, yielded their responsibilities and therefore their empowerment. Now, we can either continue on this failed path or we can chose to become knowledgeable of our Constitution and fulfill our citizen responsibilities. This process also advances our education and enlightenment.

The United States government and electorate have some life changing choices to make. Damage control is required. It will not come easy or overnight. Either the dark side of human nature, as it has in the past, or the sunshine side will prevail. Both require education and enlightenment. Divisive political parties and electorate addiction to partisan politics is the path that made our nation dysfunctional and created the despair we feel today. This addiction has split the nation politically . No longer can citizens use the Constitution amendment process to correct government excesses. A partisan Congress will not allow it. Partisan political parties, with rare exceptions, dictate how your Senator or Congressman can vote. This coming national election is critical . Citizens must decide whether they want Constitutional law or partisan political party law.

There are facts that citizens must consider. These facts are as follows: First, the electorate are illiterate in regard to their own Constitution and government. Second, the electorate lacks knowledge of national and international issues and their complexities. Third, the electorate are basically contemptuous, with rare exceptions, of their acting government leaders. They were not chosen by the citizens. They were chosen by organized partisan political parties. The electorate can only rubber stamp those bought and paid for candidates each political party puts on the ballet. Either choice brings the same results as long as the electorate participates in this charade.

Citizens serious about becoming empowered and taking responsibility for their government and their future must do the following: First, read the Constitution and recognize the significance of each article and the sections within each article. Nearly all are relevant in this twenty-first century. Really understand the significance and power of each. You can do this yourself. Study and discussion groups can help. Second, just as important is The Federalist Papers that define why the Constitution had to be adopted by the Thirteen Colonies. Third, obtain a copy of The Making of America-The substance and Meaning of the Constitution by W.Cleon Skousen. Understanding these three documents can put you on equal footing with ninety five percent of all Americans. These documents are the backbone of the nation. If you are sincere in your quest you will be motivated to become a guardian of your nation, your future, and the future of your family. Third, stand above partisan politics and those special interests that intend to control your vote. You are qualified to make your own evaluations and decisions based on your own judgment. Fourth, recognize that the existing political system is broken and beyond repair. Returning to the Constitution and it's principles is going to take an incredible amount of time to repair our nation. The electorate will have to be made familiar with their Constitutional responsibilities through education, enlightenment, and experience. This goal can and must be accomplished. The future welfare of the nation and world citizens requires it. America must strive to be a beacon of light and hope for all world citizens. This requires the United States to establish and follow laws and principles that all world citizens can respect and hope for.

The discovery and development of the North American Continent set in motion a chain of events never imagined. The early pioneer thirst for freedom and independence took a giant leap. Leaders of the thirteen colonies declared their independence from England. For the first time in the history of man a Constitutionwas drafted, debated, revised endless times, and at last, approved and ratified by the thirteen colonies. The world wise and highly educated Founding Fathers were serious students, philosophers, and capable of debating and reaching agreement all could support. Unlike today, these men chose statesmanship and the welfare of the colonies over partisan politics. They founded a Constitution that had the potential, if followed, to lead all world nations to freedom, prosperity, and peace.

The founding of the Constitution was made possible because there was a virgin continent occupied by independent reasoning people that were willing to declare their independence from a distant motherland, fight, and win their independence. The founding of the Constitution sent a message to all nations that they also could strive and fight to gain freedom, prosperity, and peace. Those that live in nations that rule by tyranny are trapped and require all the peaceful help we can give them. The United States greatest contribution is to lead world nations by example. A unified United States living in accordance with the Constitution and those principles that demonstrate morality and civility provides a beacon of light to all other nations.

Every nation requires a form of government that protects the people from the government and the government from the people. The trick is to form a government that the people support and a government that provides for the common welfare of the people. The Founding Fathers founded a Constitution, a conditional republic form of government, that satisfied both conditions.

As a senator, I did not dwell too much on the essential weaknesses of our constitutional system. It was and remains a taboo subject. If you question our particular form of democracy, people don't argue about the merits of the case; they attack you personally, making it politically damaging to an elected official to discuss such matters....Ours is a unique system; we are the only major democracy that has it. It leads to indecision and stalemate.

Senator J. William Fulbright-The Price of Empire

Unfortunately, United States citizens and elected leaders have chosen a path that bypasses the Constitution and the checks and balances that the Founding Fathers said would mortally wound a Constitutional Republic. I think it's time to recognize a few of those checks and balances defined by the Founding Fathers:

Jefferson: “Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves, therefore, are its only safe depositories. And to render even them safe, their minds must be improved to a certain degree.” P233

Jefferson: “I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.” P233

Jefferson: “The people, especially when moderately instructed, are the only safe, because the only honest, depositories of the public rights, and should therefore be introduced into the administration of them in every function to which they are sufficient.” p233

The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world it leaves to it’s children.

Bonhoeffer

The empowerment of world citizens begins in the villages of all nations. The beginning of empowerment starts with one concerned citizen proposing policies and goals that will bring peace, security, and an environment in which families can grow and prosper. Citizens sharing common policies and goals begin the empowerment process. This process may not be prudent in nations with few or no liberties. In this case the example set by free nations may effect change. Groups of citizens sharing common web sites can exchange views and arrive at common policies and goals necessary to their needs. Unification can be achieved by utilizing the Internet to exchange views. Empowered citizens, united around policies and goals, will realize they are promoting peace and security for themselves and future generations.

“Today, we find ourselves at a very different moment in history, and I fear that if we remain on our current track, history will come to know us as this nation's worst generation because we will force our children and their children to bear the brunt of our recklessness and the willful neglect of the problems we created. The problem is so deep-seated that relatively few of us in the postwar “boomer” generation even understand at a basic level how we are compromising future generations. If we did, I'm convinced that we would do whatever it takes to set things right”.

The United States Constitution established 1787 by the Founding Fathers resulted in the formation of the first free people to survive as a nation in modern times. The United States became a model for the whole human race. The Constitution gave humanity the necessary ingredients for a giant leap to freedom, prosperity, and peace. At stake is the important question, whether societies of man are capable of establishing and maintaining a government that, if followed, protects the government from the people and the people from the government. John Adams stated that if the people abandoned the freedom gained by the adoption of the Constitution, it would be “treason against the hopes of the world.”

The Constitution, if followed, provides a balanced center between no government and too much government. The Founders established three departments so that each one was coordinated with the others and could not function independently of them. They demanded that leaders develop and maintain an intelligent and informed electorate. They wanted a system of educational communication through which they could transfer fundamental beliefs based on self-evident truths. The principles expressed through the Constitution are the same basic principles expressed by world religions. Adhering to the Constitution provides the greatest possible security for world citizen freedom and for freedom of religion as well. The following paragraphs attempts to answer why United States Citizens and their elected government and religious leaders neglected to honor and follow the Constitution and it's related principles .

A nations citizens and government, religious, and education leaders are the first lines of defense against anarchy, where there is no government, and tyranny, where there is too much control. A Constitution , a constitutional republic, form of government, provides a balanced center. When the balanced center is deserted by these leaders a nation drifts back to anarchy or tyranny. Open societies must understand these balances. An enlightened society would move the nation back to a balanced center. Today, the United States lacks an enlightened society. The United States citizens, partisan political parties, and leaders are addicted to partisan politics with little or no hope of recovery. Citizens recognize that the nation is shutting down. Dis-empowered citizens seeking someone to blame lash out at fringe groups who are just as anxious and confused as themselves.

United States Citizens claim they want honesty and truthfulness from their leaders. These leaders realize that honesty and truthfulness is rewarded with all forms of punishment and abandonment. This is a fact of life that even children comprehend. This mutual distrust is reflected in all studies and surveys. In this environment both citizens and leaders vent their anger and energy against issues that have little or no bearing on solving high priority challenges that threaten states and the nation.

The United States is a nation of immigrants. The future is dependent on assimilating all old and new immigrants into citizens that are knowledgeable of their Constitution, related principles, and checks and balances that hold the nation accountable. If the Constitution is to have any meaning a majority of enlightened citizens must include Christians, secularist, and all other forms of religions. For this to happen those citizens dependent on partisan politics must become dependent on their own knowledge and reasoning for the common welfare. Partisan politics for special interests brought this nation down. Only enlightened independent citizens can build it anew.

The United States Founding Fathers had a national and global vision for the future. Their vision was formed by their knowledge of ancient world governments and their struggle to free their citizens from bondage. Their vision was a government that would provide freedom, prosperity, and peace for a young nation on a new continent. Their vision, translated to action, led to a Constitutional Republic that provided freedom, prosperity, and peace. A constitutional republic form of government is defined as follows:

  • A constitutional republic is a form of government where the head of state and other officials are elected as representatives of the people. They must govern according to existing constitutional law that limits the government’s power over citizens.

  • In a constitutional republic executive, legislative, and judicial powers are separated into distinct branches and the will of the majority of the population is tempered by protections for individual rights so that no individual or group has absolute power.

  • The fact that a constitution exists that limits the government’s power makes the state constitutional.

  • The fact that the head(s) of state and other officials are chosen by election, rather than inheriting their positions, and that their decisions are subject to judicial review makes a state republican.

  • John Adams defined a constitutional republic as “a government of laws, and not of men.” A constitutional republic requires checks and balances to prevent abuse of power.

  • Constitutional republics are a deliberate attempt to diminish the perceived threat of authoritarianism, thereby protecting dissenting individuals and minority groups from the “tyranny of the majority” by placing checks on the power of the majority of the population. The power of the majority of the people is checked by limiting that power to electing representatives who are required to legislate with limits of overarching constitutional law that a simple majority cannot modify.

  • The power of government officials is checked by not allowing any single individual to hold executive, legislative, and judicial powers. Instead these powers are separated into distinct branches that serve as a check and balance on each other. A constitutional republic is designed so that “no person or group [can] rise to absolute power.

  • A constitutional republic requires an intelligent and informed electorate to maintain constant vigilance and hold the government accountable to constitutional laws and principles.

A decision to return to the principles and requirements of a Constitutional Republic form of government requires careful thought and preparation. Any transition must preserve those government functions that have value while maintaining the stability of our nation. Success is dependent on knowledge of past world government strengths and weaknesses, sound reasoning, and planning. Reason and a sound plan is dependent on: 1-Commitment, 2-Purpose for engagement, 3-Priorities (time, principles, economics, and propriety), 4-Resources required (human and natural), 5-Consequences of success (near and long term effects and benefits), 6-What constitutes success? Attaining freedom, prosperity, and peace while preserving Constitutional principles.

Founding Fathers Cautions:

Jefferson: “I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.”

Jefferson: “Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves, therefore, are its only safe depositories. And to render even them safe, their minds must be improved to a certain degree.”

Jefferson: “To inform the minds of the people and to follow their will is the chief duty of those placed at their head.”

Jefferson: “[A] people [can become] so demoralized and depraved as to be incapable of exercising a wholesome control….Their minds [are] to be informed by education what is right and what wrong, to be encouraged in habits of virtue and deterred from those of vice by the dread of punishments, proportioned, indeed, but irremissible; in all cases, to follow truth as the only safe guide and to eschew error, which bewilders us in one false consequence after another in endless succession.”

Jefferson: “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be. The functionaries of every government have propensities to command at will the liberty and property of their constituents.”

George Washington: “Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all. Religion and morality enjoin this conduct; and can it be that good policy does not equally enjoin it. It will be worthy of a free, enlightened, and, at no distant period, a great nation to give to mankind the magnanimous and too novel example of a people always guided by and exalted justice and benevolence.”

Jefferson: “The firmness with which the people have withstood the late abuses of the press, the discernment they have manifested between truth and falsehood, show that they may safely be trusted to hear everything true and false, and to form a correct judgment between them.”

The Founding Fathers created a government masterpiece called a Constitutional Republic. This miracle encompassed 286 principles and was the culmination of years of world struggle for human rights. The Founding Father’s achievement delivered the first structured form of government that provided freedom, prosperity, and peace for United States Citizens. Unfortunately, as time passed the United States government and its citizens chose a path of partisanship that shredded Constitutional Principles, divided our nation, and rendered it dysfunctional. Ignoring critical priorities led us down this path. Our priorities define who we are and what we stand for.

Principles, morality, and propriety are the foundation of all forms of government. Perfection is never expected and can never be achieved. However, a population that views its government as morally corrupt is in serious trouble.

History refers to “ancient principles” as the golden nuggets. The Founding Fathers were outstanding world scholars and well read. Their knowledge of world history prepared them for that giant leap we know as the Constitution. Hamilton wrote, “It was a thing hardly to be expected that in a popular revolution the minds of men should stop at that happy mean which marks the salutary boundary between POWER and PRIVILEGE, and combines the energy of government with the security of private rights”

W. Cleon Skousen wrote, “America can be ‘the Peacemaker of the world.’ She can help other nations discover the formula for freedom and prosperity. But there is an important prerequisite: Americans must first rediscover that formula for themselves, as it is embodied in the 286 principles found in the Constitution”

Clinton Rossiter, wrote, “no happiness without liberty, no liberty without self-government, no self-government without constitutionalism, no constitutionalism without morality-and none of these great goods without stability and order.”

The forefathers of all nations have identified universal truths that can guide us in building an ascending civilization. Attention to nations mistakes of the past can also help us avoid future pitfalls. These truths and past pitfalls can be beacons we rally around as we struggle to form a civilization that provides for the common welfare of all world citizens. The civilization we visualize is one that supports all nations and provides for the growth of all cultures that enrich our lives and gives purpose, dignity, hope, and meaning to the lives of World citizens.

Throughout civilization the concept of justice is a recurring theme. The concept of justice appears to be universal thru all cultures. Humanity struggles with the choice of balancing selfish desires with the social responsibility to seek justice. This is a concept that exists only for humans and is not apparent in the animal kingdom. The rise of humanity is made possible by the evolution of the brain. As science maps the regions of the brain, we have come to realize that our action and abilities are due to how our brain is formed by genetics and experiences from birth. Those civilizations that limit the potential of their young are destined to become static and isolated in a global world. The youth of backward nations, isolated from the freedoms and technology of advanced nations have no voice or hope for the future and turn their anger and frustration toward their nation and any nation that supports their oppressors. This condition drives the chaos and conflict we face today.

The Founding fathers were students and philosophers as well as soldiers and statesman. They studied every existing government and concluded that all were flawed. They traced the evolution of government beginning with the Anglo-Saxon People's Law, moved on to England's Ruler's Law, and considered the Magna Charta freedom law. From there they studied the evolution of Parliamentary Power, Parliamentary Supremacy, and the Articles of Confederation and State Supremacy. They recognized that a virgin continent required a constitution for rugged and independent people ready to fight for their freedom, prosperity, and peace. This Constitution can meet all human expectations. This is the ultimate challenge and is achievable provided mankind is willing to live with checks and balances that shield us from the dark side of human nature.

The United States faces a critical decision. If the electorate does not want the Founding Fathers Constitution, a constitutional republic form of government, what form of government do they want? Recent Cato and Pew surveys reflect that a very high percentage of the electorate are barely literate in regard to their Constitution, their government, and citizen responsibilities.

Thomas Jefferson: "I consider the fortunes of our republic as depending, in an eminent degree, on the extinguishment of the public debt before we engage in any war: Because, that done, we shall have revenue enough to improve our country in peace and defend it in war, without recurring either to new taxes or loans. But if the debt should once more be swelled to a formidable size, its entire discharge will be despaired of...therefore, it is vital to the destinies of our government.

George Washington: "The nation which indulges toward another an habitual hatred or an habitual fondness is in some degree a slave. It is a slave to its animosity or to its affection, either of which is sufficient to lead it astray from its duty and its interest.

Thomas Jefferson further commenting on perennial debt: "We shall all consider ourselves unauthorized to saddle posterity with our debts, and morally bound to pay them ourselves; and consequently within what may be deemed the period of a generation, or the life of the majority. "The principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.

George Washington: "The great rule of conduct for us, in regard to foreign nations, is in extending our commercial relations to have with them as little political connection as possible. So far as we have already formed engagements, let them be fulfilled with perfect good faith. Here let us stop."

Thomas Jefferson: "No country, perhaps, was ever so thoroughly against war as ours. These dispositions pervade every description of its citizens, whether in or out of office.

George Washington: "Hence, therefore, it must be unwise in us to implicate ourselves, by artificial ties, in the ordinary combinations and collisions of her friendships or enmities....why, by interweaving our destiny with that of any part of Europe, entangle our peace and prosperity in the toils of European ambition, rivalship, interests, humor, or caprice?".

George Washington: "It will be worthy of a free, enlightened, and, at no distant period, a great nation to give to mankind the magnanimous and too novel example of a people always guided by an exalted justice and benevolence."

Thomas Jefferson: "When all government, domestic and foreign, in little as in great things, shall be drawn to Washington as the center of all power, it will render powerless the checks provided of one government on another and will become as venal and oppressive as the government from which we separated."

The Founders' advice to suppressed nations was to struggle for freedom and unite with free nations for their mutual protection.

Jefferson: “When all government, domestic and foreign, in little as in great things, shall be drawn to Washington as the center of all power, it will render powerless the checks provided of one government on another and will become as venal and oppressive as the government from which we separated.Patriot Samuel Langdon before the Massachusetts legislature in 1788 declared:“On the people, therefore, of these United States, it depends whether wise men, or fools, good or bad men, shall govern….Therefore, I will now lift up my voice and cry aloud to the people….”From year to year be careful in the choice of your representatives and the higher powers [offices] of government. Fix your eyes upon men of good understanding and known honesty; men of knowledge, improved by experience; men who fear God and hate covetousness; who love truth and righteousness, and sincerely wish for the public welfare….Let not men openly irreligious and immoral become your legislators….If the legislative body are corrupt, you will soon have bad men for counselors, corrupt judges, unqualified justices, and officers in every department who will dishonor their stations".

W. Cleon Skousen wrote, “America can be ‘the Peacemaker of the world.’ She can help other nations discover the formula for freedom and prosperity. But there is an important prerequisite: Americans must first rediscover that formula for themselves, as it is embodied in the 286 principles found in the Constitution”

The Preamble states, “This Constitution is ordained and established by, ‘We the People’.
 
James Madison emphasized the relative amount of responsibility allocated to each level of government: “On the principle… of this Constitution…the supreme power resides in the people. If they choose to indulge a part of their sovereign power to be exercised by the state governments, they may.  If they have done it, the states were right in exercising it; but if they think it no longer safe or convenient, they will resume it, or make a new distribution, more likely to be productive of that good which ought to be our constant aim. The powers both of the general government and the state governments, under this system, are acknowledged to be so many emanations of power from the people.”
 
Thomas Jefferson had the Following to say about Citizens Responsibilities:

"To inform the minds of the people and to follow their will is the chief duty of those placed at their head.”

“I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their indiscretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.”

Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves, therefore, are its only safe depositories. And to render even them safe, their minds must be improved to a certain degree.”

[A] people [can become] so demoralized and depraved as to be incapable of exercising a wholesome control….Their minds [are] to be informed by education what is right and what wrong, to be encouraged in habits of virtue and deterred from those of vice by the dread of punishments, proportioned, indeed, but irremissible; in all cases, to follow truth as the only safe guide and to eschew error, which bewilders us in one false consequence after another in endless succession.”

“The firmness with which the people have withstood the late abuses of the press, the discernment they have manifested between truth and falsehood, show that they may safely be trusted to hear everything true and false, and to form a correct judgment between them.”
 
The United States Constitution requires Enlightened citizens committed to fulfilling constitutional requirements and holding government leaders accountable. For interested citizens I recommend a book funded by the National Center for Constitution Studies called, The Making of America-The Substance and Meaning of the Constitution by W. Cleon Skousen. The study for the making of America actually extended over a period of more than forty years. The non-partisan book took fourteen years to publish. This book is available at most book stores and includes the Constitution and Amendments. I also recommend to every citizen The Federal Papers, written by James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and John Jay. I think they are necessary for a full understanding of the Constitution. There is strong consensus that they are the most important political science documents ever written, or likely ever to be written. These essays were translated into modern language by Mary E. Webster and published as The Federalist Papers in Modern Language Indexed for Today’s Political Issues. I will quote excerpts, as follows, from these papers that I think pertinent to 21st Century.  
Strong Union Provides Strong Defense-The safety of the people of America not only depends on their not giving other nations just causes for war but, on their not putting themselves in situations that invite hostility. It need not be observed that both pretended and just causes of war exist. Motives, clear only to the monarch, often lead him to start wars not sanctified by justice or the interests of his people. These motives include: a thirst for military glory, revenge for personal affronts, ambition, and private compacts to aggrandize or support particular families or partisans.

Comment: Political leaders often make war when their nations get nothing from it and citizens allow government checks and balances to be bypassed.

Weak Nation Invites Foreign Danger-The previous paper noted that weakness and divisions at home would invite dangers from abroad.

Comment: Never has United States been more divided and dysfunctional than now. Weakness and division invite contempt and danger from abroad.

Confederation Near Total Collapse-Nation faces Total Humiliation-We may have reached almost the last stage of national humiliation. We experience nearly everything that can wound the pride or degrade the character of an independent nation.

Comment: Our own government leaders tell us we are fiscally bankrupt, dysfunctional, and in debt to other nations. We have shifted this increasing burden to the backs of our children. Failure as citizens, greed and self-gratification is our only justification for betraying past and future generations.

We owe every other sacrifice to ourselves, to our federal brethren, and to the world at large to pursue with temper and perseverance the great experiment which shall prove that man is capable of living in [a] society governing itself by laws self-imposed, and securing to its members the enjoyment of life, liberty, property, and peace; and further, to show that even when the government of its choice shall manifest a tendency to degeneracy, we are not at once to despair, but that the will and the watchfulness of its sounder parts will reform its aberration, recall it to original and legitimate principles, and restrain it within the rightful limits of self-government.

On Face the Nation, 01-01-06, Bob Schrieffer ask Newt Gingrich, “How serious are the problems facing this country right now? The answer was as follows: I think the challenges are so great that if we want to give our children and our grandchildren the kind of successful dramatic country, that you and I are fortunate enough to inherit from our parents and grand parents, that we have to find ways to have an honest dialogue across the aisle, and I think that this is a dialogue I’ve suggested, that in 2007 and 2008 they only hold bipartisan meetings. Don’t have partisan gatherings for the presidential candidates. Don’t let the Republicans go off and hide and the Democrats go off and hide, but, jointly hold the meetings so you have real discussion and every body is in the same room talking, and I think it’s that serious. I think we have to confront, because if we don’t ten or fifteen years from now all those problems are going to get dramatically bigger and dramatically harder.”

Senator Robert C. Byrd:

September 11, 2001-This day would spur the United States Congress to hand over, for the foreseeable future, its constitutional power to declare war. It would eventually lead this nation to an unprovoked attack on a sovereign nation. In consequence, that September morning would endanger cherished, constitutionally enshrined freedoms: as had almost no other event in the life of our nation.

Congress functions less and less nowadays as a truly independent and deliberative body.

I believe our constitutional structure is increasingly in peril, and that the people’s branches in most danger of giving way. Congress is currently excessively concerned with political party matters, raising money for campaigns, petty partisanship, and the latest opinion polls. It seems more and more willing to delegate portions of its legislative authority, especially its power of the purse and its war responsibilities, to other entities.

From the ambivalence of the Congress, to the pandering nature of media coverage, and to the passive attitude of too many of our citizens, we are-all of us-guilty of aiding and abetting a heinous destruction America

Everybody, sooner or later, sits down to a banquet of consequences.

Robert Louis Stevenson

The deadliest enemies are not foreign foes: they always dwell within their borders.

William James

As there is a degree of depravity in mankind which requires a certain degree of circumspection and distrust, so there are other qualities in human nature which justify a certain portion of esteem and confidence.

   William Butler Yeats:

The following from Willian Wordsworth:

Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed,

Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting: The soul that rises with us, our life’s star, Hath had elsewhere it’s setting,

And cometh from afar:

Not in entire forgetfulness,

And not in utter nakedness,

But trailing clouds of glory do we come From god, who is our home:

Heaven lies about us in our infancy!

Shades of the prison-house begin to close Upon the growing boy

From Intimations of Immortality from recollection of early Childhood by William Wordsworth


The quotes, identified above, are a wake up call and appropriate for what citizens are missing today.

Given the complexity of today's technology, it is nearly impossible for citizens to understand all that is happening in our nation. Technological advances imposes and requires citizens to take a greater share of responsibility for assuring adherence to our Constitution and it's principals. Citizen actions and commitment to the preservation of our nation must match the growth of complex technology and the critical State of the Union. We must accept the idea that our issues directly relate to that of our fellow world citizens. The two are inseparable. Human and deity expectations require it. The United States must be a symbol of hope for all world citizens. A union of nations constructively working together is required to meet world challenges. The future depends on whether or not we can turn away from addiction to partisan politics and unite around the Constitution and the principles it inspires.

 

 

 

 

 

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