Introduction

INTRODUCTION 

We humans are a unique species, Identified as Homo sapien, that inhabits one small planet in one of perhaps billions of universes. This species exhibits extreme positive and negative behavior. The light side of this species creates unimagineable acts and forms of art. For centuries this species struggled to contain the conflict and chaos inflicted on themselves by their dark nature. Then, in the seventeenth century enlightened and courageous Founding Fathers, on a new continent, provided the means by which humans cound be free and independent. That was the birth of a Constitution.

Long ago, 13 colonies united to gain the security necessary to protect them from aggressive foreign nations. Fortunately U.S. Founding Fathers endured the hardships of travel from state to state to meet together to debate the future of the nation. Their declaration of freedom from England gained them a death sentence if they failed. Fortunately, they succeeded and gave us a Constitution that offered freedom, prosperity and peace. You know the rest of the story.

The Founding Fathers predicted citizens would fail to hold the government and themselves accountable to the Constitution and related principles. We know the rest of the story. Now, we are divided, dysfunctional, a debtor to the world and vulnerable to the rise of struggling nations that share the same challenges. As strange as it may seem, most nations desperately want United States Citizens to unite, restore fiscal responsibility, and return to a constitutional republic form of government. World citizen enlightenment is the bridge to the future. Chapter One, Enlightenment, is dedicated to defining what enlightenment means and the opportunities open to every citizen and nation. Citizen enlightenment was and continues to be dependent on government, education, and religious leaders complying with Constitution requirements. These leaders are the first line of defense in assuring that citizens have the knowledge and wisdom to select, propose, and place in office qualified national leaders.

The Preamble states, “This Constitution is ordained and established by, ‘We the People’. Thomas Jefferson stated the following:

“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.”

Becoming enlightened requires personal initiative. Enlightenment is also shaped by how citizens relate to the universe, planet earth, creation, and one another.

This Website attempts to define a path that world nations can pursue to become enlightened, unified, and capable of establishing common policies and goals. Unified nations working together have an opportunity to meet expectations. Humans have the innate skills and experience necessary to meet all reasonable expectations. Yet, leaders and citizens fail to provide and demonstrate the leadership necessary to unite world citizens on a common path. This Website attempts to address each of these issues and use the wisdom and cautions of nation’s early Founding Fathers to set a new path.

World nations are adrift and foundering in a global world without a rudder to steer them into the future. Each nation navigates a direction dictated by whoever controls state power. National leaders empowerment to lead is dependent on citizens being willing to follow. When both leaders and citizens lack the wisdom to articulate a constructive path all nations are in trouble. This need not be. This turbulent twenty first century requires changes that enlighten, unify, and align nations on a common course. The following obstacles are typical of all obstacles that must be confronted and resolved.

First Obstacle-World citizens must recognize and acknowledge the dark and light side of human nature. Humankind has tilted to the dark side and must now make a correction. Only then can world citizens institute checks and balances that assure that the light side of human nature is predominate.

Second Obstacle-A positive global future is dependent on a majority of enlightened world citizens. Today, there are not enough. Chapter One-Enlightenment discusses a process for the development of enlightened citizens. The future of our world civilization requires citizens to control their governments, selection of representatives, participation in legislation, and to be guardians that monitor and hold themselves and their governments accountable to constitutions designed with checks and balances. This responsibility requires a majority of enlightened citizens. If we maximized enlightenment schooling of children today we would be at least a generation away from having a majority of enlightened world citizens. This suggests the urgency citizens face.

Third Obstacle-World citizens must recognize and acknowledge that they have chosen and are continuing to choose a path of conflict and chaos. They continue to sacrifice themselves and their families for the following reasons:

Reason one-It is much easier for citizens to cling to political parties that place their political party benefits above the common interest of their nation and their children.

Reason two- It is much easier for citizens to accept religious institutions whose religious polices, goals, beliefs, doctrine, and rituals block any possibility of working with other religious faiths to secure the unity necessary to make positive changes.

Reason three-It is much easier for citizens to choose and allow self-gratification, obesity, and ignorance to become habitual and ingrained in daily lives instead of choosing goals that bring enlightenment followed by respect for self, dignity, and opportunity to advance their quality of life.

Reason four-It is much easier for a majority of world citizens to forgo the knowledge, training, experience and empowerment necessary to achieve world peace.

Reason five-Citizens neglect enlightening and training their children how to survive in a corrupt environment. Even less intelligent animals prepare their young to survive in a hostile environment. Children today need to recognize the harm that exists in their immediate family and personal relationships. Children must be taught that dangers exist in their government, education, and religious institutions. Children must be taught to recognize and protect themselves from pedophiles, sadists, and rapists released from prisons into their neighborhoods. Children must be conditioned to survive assaults that will likely occur in their lifetime. Child early survival training is missing in a society that no longer places child welfare above benefits of their advanced technology, social functions, and professional advancement. Self-centered hobbies and sports activities contribute to this critical issue.

Fourth Obstacle- The continuing departure from the United States Constitution by citizens, government, religious, and education leaders is a betrayal of all the principles it stands for. The United States Constitution, a constitutional republic form of government, was the greatest form of government ever created by humans. The Founding Fathers wisdom and creativity was a sum total of all the knowledge and wisdom formed by past Founding Fathers of all nations. The United States, once a beacon of light for all nations, has rendered itself dysfunctional as Constitution requirements and principals continue to decline. United States Citizens and leaders have cast aside the Constitution and its principles in favor of addictive partisan politics that divide the nation into two camps feasting on the nation’s flesh.

World freedom, prosperity, and peace are possible. Evolution has provided the necessary human and natural resources. Humans have the innate skills necessary to achieve these goals. Now, the sunshine side of human nature must show that it can dominate the dark side. Success is dependent on world citizen enlightenment and motivation.

The purpose of this Website is to identify global fault lines, ideas, proven principles, and proposed paths by which world citizens can be motivated to strive for a future that can bring freedom, prosperity, and peace. My intent is to motivate the reader to pursue study, analyze, and become enlightened. The world needs knowledgeable citizens that can stand independent of all institutions and adhere to proven principles while making personal and national decisions that promote the common welfare of all world citizens. This is the model necessary for the development of enlightened children that can survive in a competitive global world. 

My intent is to establish a sound platform for understanding how critical it is that you personally understand the true state of our nation and our world. If I fail in this effort, my recommendation is that you use your closest library to seek books that address national and world issues. Read, read, and read what a variety of historians, journalists, and knowledgeable specialists have to say. Only by comparing their views can you see a clearer and more accurate picture. Do not stake your personal integrity and beliefs on media, political parties, or religious institutions. They almost always have an agenda that is not in your best interest or the interest of our nation and our future. If they were our nation wouldn't be in this shape. Be continually in search of news sources you can trust. The issues are deep and complex. I hope this book can be helpful.

United States-A Model for Peace:

What citizen would oppose freedom, prosperity and peace? Why does this goal seem impossible to achieve? The acceptance of the United States Constitution, a Constitutional Republic, promised freedom, prosperity, and peace. The Founding Fathers hoped this Constitutional Republic, if followed, would spread across the world. But now, the common welfare of the nation is not being served due to several factors: First, political parties choose party supremacy above the common welfare of the nation. Second, citizens and students are not required to be knowledgeable of their government, understand its functions, and be qualified to participate in it. Third, both political parties conspire to violate critical constitutional principles in order to secure their political base and special interests.

In this twenty first century, with all the challenges it brings, it is increasingly important that United States and world citizens understand a constitutional republic form of government and its advantages. There are three primary documents used to inform citizens. These documents are: The United States Constitution, the Federalist Papers, and The Making of America-The Substance and Meaning of the Constitution [Created over 40 years by the National Center for Constitutional Studies]. Funding for NCCS is provided by private contributions. Eleven of the contributors were respected Utah families. The study concluded that our American type of government would not function efficiently, and perhaps might not even survive, if the people did not maintain a constant vigilance and thereby develop what Jefferson called an intelligent and informed electorate. He was right. Surveys by the Pew Research Center and the CATO Institute reflect that, on most issues, the majority of citizens are not only ignorant about policy issues, but also about the basic structure of government, citizen responsibility, and their role in holding government accountable.

Before we address what a constitutional republic form of government is, I think we should understand just what an amazing body of work it is, its impact on a new nation, and the rest of the world. The United States Founding Fathers had the following comments about the Constitution:

John Adams: “[The Constitution] is…the greatest single effort of national deliberation that the world has ever seen.”

Madison: “The real wonder is that so many difficulties should have been surmounted [in the federal convention], and surmounted with a unanimity almost as unprecedented as it must have been unexpected. It is impossible for any man of candor to reflect on this circumstance without partaking of the astonishment. It is impossible for the man of pious reflection not to perceive in it a finger of that Almighty hand which has been so frequently and signally extended to our relief in the critical stages of the revolution.”

Washington: “The Constitution…approaches nearer to perfection than any government hitherto instituted among men.”

Benjamin Franklin: “I have so much faith in the general government of the world by Providence that I can hardly conceive a transaction of such momentous importance [as the framing of the Constitution]…should be suffered to pass without being in some degree influenced, guided, and governed by that omnipotent, omnipresent, and beneficent Ruler in whom all inferior spirits live and move and have their being.”

Jefferson: “May you and your contemporaries…preserve inviolate [the] Constitution, which, cherished in all its chastity and purity, will prove in the end a blessing to all the nations of the earth.”

These are but a few of the accolades spoken about the birth of the Constitution. Looking back from the twenty-first century to the Federal Convention of 1787, reality shows the United States failed to follow the Constitution and its primary principles.

The Founding Father’s belief that the Constitution was destined to bless all mankind never came to pass. This book will attempt to show why, how we failed, and what we must do to secure the future.

Constitutional Republic:

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 majoritarianism, 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.

The Constitution can and must be amended to require that all schools, colleges, and universities teach and certify that each citizen is knowledgeable of the struggle our Founding Fathers endured in order to declare their independence, fight for the rights of a fledgling nation, and establish a Constitutional Republic that secured freedom, prosperity, and peace. Our national political, education, and religious leaders have intentionally denied citizens this Constitutional requirement. Citizens cannot comply with Constitutional Republic responsibilities if they are illiterate in regard to their responsibilities.

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.”

There Will be no Freedom, Prosperity, and Peace Without Principles

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.”

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.

James Madison: “America united, with a handful of troops, or without a single soldier, exhibits a more forbidding posture to foreign ambition than America disunited, with a hundred thousand veterans ready for combat…. A dangerous establishment can never be necessary or plausible, so long as they continue a united people.”

Democrat and Republican citizen debates are a reflection of the public debates taking place between their respective political leaders and the media. What citizens must realize is that public debates between political leaders and the media are staged for citizen consumption. Citizens are rarely exposed to the real complexities of critical issues and how they should be resolved in the best interest and common welfare of the nation as a whole. This opens a huge hole that allows politicians and special interests to benefit themselves. As many citizens now realize, our nation has become dysfunctional.

The United States Founding Fathers were the geniuses that created the American political system. We call it a Constitution and it is a constitutional republic form of government. The Founding Father’s genius was that they were enlightened. Being enlightened translates to wisdom, experience, and judgment, and includes knowledge of history and all forms of past and present governments. The world today lacks this quality of leadership.

The United States growth of government is driven by state and citizen failure to assume their Constitutional responsibilities and their reluctance to take responsibility for meeting state and local needs. The nation’s citizens elected representatives that wrote and approved the legislature creating big government and so called social programs. Citizens might consider asking themselves why they selected, elected, and continued to support representatives that allowed the growth of national government and its intrusion in their lives. Citizens might consider taking the initiative to renounce divisive political parties, unify, and construct the government they claim to want. The Constitution, if citizens knew it, gave them that responsibility. Citizens now face the following challenges identified by the Founding Fathers:

Thomas Jefferson gave the following advice to Congress: “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.”

Thomas Jefferson also warned citizens against allowing power to concentrate in Washington: “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.”

From: The Declaration of Independence: But when a long train of abuses and usurpation, pursuing invariable the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new guards for their future security.

Iredell: “Should the government, on trial, be found to want amendments, those amendments can be made in a regular method, in a mode prescribed by the Constitution itself…We have this security, in addition to the natural watchfulness of the people, which I hope will never be found wanting.”

John Hamilton: “the Constitution was designed to provide a “divided, balanced, limited” government so that it would remain in the center of the political spectrum and not drift toward anarchy of tyranny.”

James Madison: “Frequent elections are unquestionably the only policy by which this dependence and sympathy can be effectually secured….It is a received and well founded maxim that where no other circumstances affect the case, the greater the power is, the shorter ought to be its duration: and, conversely, the smaller the power, the more safely many it’s duration be protracted.”

Becoming a welfare state:

Samuel Adams: “The utopian schemes of leveling [re-distribution of the wealth] and a community of goods [central ownership of all the means of production and distribution] are as visionary and impracticable as those which vest all property in the Crown. [These ideas] are arbitrary, despotic, and, in our government, unconstitutional.”

Benjamin Franklin: “to relieve the misfortunes of our fellow creatures is concurring with the Deity, it is godlike; but, if we provide encouragement for laziness, and supports for folly, may we not be found fighting against the order of god and Nature….”

However, the Founding Fathers had a deep concern for the poor and needy. 

  1. Allow the poor to climb the “appreciation ladder” –from tents to cabins, cabins to cottages, and cottages to comfortable houses.

  1. Where emergency help is provided, do not prolong it to the point where it becomes habitual.

  1. Strictly enforce the scale of “fixed responsibility.” The first and foremost level of responsibility is with the individual himself; the second level is the family; then the church; next the community; finally the county, and, in a disaster or emergency, the state. Under no circumstances was the federal government to become involved in public welfare. The Founders felt it would corrupt the government and also the poor. No constitutional authority exists for the federal government to participate in so-called social welfare programs.

  1. Do not completely care for the needy-merely help them to help themselves.

  1. Give the poor the satisfaction of “earned achievement” instead of rewarding them without achievement.

Betraying its heritage;

United States Citizens, in general, have little confidence in their political parties and elected officials. Also, it appears United States Politicians have little confidence in citizens understanding and judgment. I think it reasonable to say that the state of the United States and the world is alarming. What does the future hold for United States and World Citizens? At this stage the future of World Citizens may be dependent on whether the United States can rise above existing political differences, unify around a twenty-first century constitutional republic form of government and fulfill the Founding Fathers vision for a world constitutional republic form of government.

United States Betrayal of the Constitution:

The Founding Fathers clearly stated those conditions that would lead to betrayal of the United States Constitution. Listen to their voices:

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.”

Samuel Adams: “ But neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt.”

When the Founding Fathers established the United States Constitution they also set in place huge expectations for citizens. These expectations exceeded all previous government and citizen expectations. The Founding Fathers’ ultimate expectation was that world governments would unite under an encompassing world constitutional republic. Then all world citizens could strive and attain freedom, prosperity, and peace.

Having embraced the Constitution, the United States of America experienced the birth of a nation and became a government of the people. The preamble set forth six magnificent objectives that the founders intended:

We, the people of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

The United States had the potential to meet all Constitutional principles and expectations. The success of the Constitution was dependent on all power and authority belonging to the people.

Thomas Jefferson: “I consider the people who constitute a society or nation as the source of all authority in that nation.”

Two things happened as the years passed:

Citizens never assumed their Constitution responsibilities.

Thomas Jefferson: "Every government degenerates when trussted to the rulers of the people alone"

Government, education, and religious leaders failed to educate and hold citizens accountable for fulfilling their role as the source of all government authority.

Thomas 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.”


As time passed the dark side of human nature triumphed and principles were gradually shoved aside as self-gratification, apathy, greed, and power struggles prevailed. In The Making of America [Third edition, revised 2007] W. Cleon Skousen states: "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. Of course, the first step to improvement and reform is education. The next step is action. The principles of the Constitution were not meant only to be studied, but to be applied. That, then, is our challenge today.”  The United States continues to reject this warning and the decline and betrayal of the United States is accelerating.

 


Government, religion, and education leaders are the principal drivers that determine and maintain national freedom, prosperity, and peace. These leaders, held accountable by citizens, are equally responsible for assuring that citizens are enlightened and competent enough to choose qualified and trustworthy leaders. The State of our Union reflects we are not meeting these qualifications. Our leaders and citizens are wrapped in a cloak of darkness where ignorance, apathy, self-gratification, despair, and denial flourish. We must correct this condition by enlightenment thru education and the acceptance of those principles defined by a constitutional republic form of government. We must reclaim the Constitution.

To know others is wisdom; To know yourself is enlightenment To master others requires force; To master yourself requires true strength  Lao-tzu, Tao-te Ching, chapter 3

Enlightenment-What a World Citizen Must Know Evolutionary processes, driven by a universal mystery, evolved primitive man and bestowed innate skills that allowed humans to question the source and meaning of life. Primitive man proceeded to create his own gods and rituals to represent the source of his being. As humans progressed they developed newer gods, doctrines, and rituals. Today, religious institutions still have and exercise enormous spiritual and political power around the world. The competitive and combative nature of differing religions is a major cause of continued world conflict and chaos. The belief that God created humans differs from those that believe humans are a product of evolution. Quality life represents our ability to function and organize our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual dimensions. Perception of both parties poses critical issues:

There is the reality issue. Those believing in creation of humankind have one perception of the world and those believing that evolution evolved humans have a different perception of the world.

World power shifts as believers and non-believers clash and wreak havoc with life and the environment.

Scientific advances continue to unravel the mysteries of the universe and life processes. The scientific argument for evolution enforces the need to follow this path into the future. Major shifts in religious institutions increase rapidly as religious leaders bend doctrine to fit advances in science.

Why not organize our selves and become a part of the microcosmic order of our universe and act responsibly to safeguard the future? We must become receptive to safeguarding traditions and socially proven realities and stop fueling destructive growth.

Pursuing the following path will enable world citizens to engage the real world and become enlightened citizens with the opportunity to influence forces that determine the future:

Step one: Accepting that the universe is composed of energy changing form and that humankind is one fleeting form of that energy.

Step two: Locating oneself in relation to the universe and planet earth and recognizing that you are the product of a planet embedded in a vast universe of energy changing form.

Step three: Accept the responsibility of being a caretaker of the environment and all life.

Step four: The gifts of reason and imagination, planning and organizing, and designing and building structures are all we need to achieve global freedom, prosperity, and peace. These gifts must be nurtured, tested, and used to gain knowledge, wisdom, and enlightenment

Step five: As James Madison stated, “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.” A constitutional republic form of government, with checks and balances, is designed to guard the government from citizen excesses and to guard citizens from government excesses. Both governments and citizens are responsible to hold the other accountable.

Step six: Become an independent thinker and rise above and beyond political parties, educators, religious institutions, and media. Learn to think for yourself. But, first you must enlighten yourself. That takes a deliberative mind in search of ones potential. The Founding Fathers acquired this knowledge thru their life experiences and studies. Before developing the Constitution the Founding Fathers were first students of world affairs and existing governments. Their engagements as businessmen, soldiers, and politicians gave them a philosopher’s view of the world. By recognizing human weaknesses they were able to devise Constitution checks and balances that protect the nation from human weaknesses.

Step seven: James Madison stated, “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.”

Step eight: Orient yourself in relation to your universal environment and your relationship to fellow travelers. This requires becoming enlightened and open to all your senses. Only then do you have an opportunity to influence the world around you.

Step nine: Become knowledgeable of the meaning and responsibility of a constitutional republic form of government. This must be the path you choose to follow. United States political, education, and religious leaders decided to withhold Constitution studies from our schools, colleges, and universities. Therefore, if we want to be informed citizens, capable of interacting with our government, we must become self-educated and knowledgeable of how government functions. Only then will we earn our self-respect and government leaders respect. Becoming informed citizens begins with the study and understanding of the following: United States Constitution-A constitutional republic form of government. The Federalist Papers, and The Making of America-The substance and Meaning of the Constitution, W. Cleon Skousen.

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. and The Federalist Papers-Alexander Hamilton, James Hamilton, and John Jay. People’s Law-Until the eighth century A.D., the Anglo-Saxons still practiced a system designed to preserve and protect the unalienable rights of the people and at the same time provided a divided, balanced, and limited form of government.

Ruler’s Law- In A.D. 1066 the Normans imposed on the English a system of Ruler’s Law that destroyed the rights of the people.

Magna Charta-On June 15, 1215 the people united and compelled King John to sign the Magna Charta, which returned to the people many of the rights the conquerors had stolen. Evolution of Parliamentary Power-The parliamentary government began to develop around 1265, and this gradually developed into a legislative voice to represent the desires of the people. Parliamentary Supremacy-England established a limited monarchy with a parliamentary system of government that allowed the legislature to exercise practically unlimited power.

The Articles of confederation and State Supremacy-1619 the English colonies asserted their inalienable rights of self-government under the Declaration of Independence.

Constitutional Supremacy- A constitutional republic form of government with rights for the individual.

The Founding Fathers believed this constitutional republic form of government would be exported around the world. However, the United States found that the Constitution and related principles interfered with political interests and found it convenient to disregard the Constitution and its principles. Today, the United States is the most powerful economic and military power in the world. Now, the United States has an opportunity to return to a constitutional republic form of government and related principles. Only then will the United States be that leader that can bring about a global constitutional republic with ageless principals.

Criteria for Selecting Leaders:

United States process of selecting, nominating, and electing national leaders is flawed. As we enter the twenty-first century, the selection of leaders must be based on criteria that assures enlightened leaders are qualified for the offices they fill. Selecting competent leaders to manage government, religious, and education institutions requires matching leadership, vision, and technology skills to each critical position being filled. Failing to do so is why our nation is increasingly dysfunctional. This will not change without citizens and their children becoming enlightened and that process must begin now. The following criteria should apply when selecting government leaders for elective offices.

  • Degree of Enlightenment- based on education, experience, performance, and character.

  • Liberal Arts Degree in National and International Government Studies

  • Satisfactory interpersonal relationships with family, friends, and co-workers.Public records reflecting that background check revealed no convictions, felonies, or sexual deviate history.

  • Meet required qualifications for office being pursued.

  • Formally pass an Enlightened Citizens Election Review Board

    These requirements are critical and will require Congress to pass the necessary legislation. An Enlightened Citizens Election Review Board is intended to begin the indoctrination of citizens seeking to become participative in their government and willing to take responsibility as defined by the Constitution and the Founding Fathers.

What Role Must Citizens Play in Transitioning to a Twenty-first Century Constitution?

Citizens come in shades of darkness and light. Each citizen seeks a path leading to self-fulfillment. Some march a quiet path. Some seek heights that brand them as artists, poets, leaders, and even genius status. Perilous paths bring out the dark side of human nature. Survival on a narrow path is treacherous. Many fall off and never recover. A constitutional republic form of government is designed to keep nations on a path that secures freedom, prosperity, and peace. This path has checks and balances that shield us from the dark side of human nature. All nations must seek and secure this path, or a similar path, if civilization is to meet it’s potential.

Thomas Jefferson: “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 aberrations, recall it to original and legitimate principles, and restrain it within the rightful limits of self-government.”

All nations face near and long term twenty-first century challenges that threaten their future. These world challenges require citizens and leaders to forge a governing process that brings freedom, prosperity, and peace. This goal requires a governing process that strengthens the positive side of human nature and shields humankind from the dark side of human nature. The history of nations show a need for a form of government that, if followed, leads to freedom, prosperity, and peace. A constitutional republic form of government fills that need. Now we must take that final step and free the world from self inflicted conflict and chaos. Meeting this expectation is within our grasp.

Benefits of a Global Constitutional Republic:

A global constitutional republic achieves the same benefits that the thirteen colonies gained when they ratified their Constitutional Republic. Establishing a global constitutional republic will be enormously difficult given the cultural, religious, and political divides that exist. The dark and light nature of humankind is in a struggle for dominance and the dark side is winning. Enlightened world citizens are too few to tip the scale in a positive direction. A universal education program is world citizen’s highest priority. See Chapter One, Enlightenment, for the development of enlightenment processes. The following benefits are necessary:

The attainment of a higher order of civilization than mankind has ever known.

A unity of nations striving for universal freedom, prosperity, and peace is a giant step into the future. Enlightened humankind on a common path to the future.

A unity of world nations working toward common goals can conserve vital human and natural resources needed to meet natural and man made challenges.

A unity of world nations with no tolerance for genocide, terror, weapons of mass destruction, and starvation.

A unity of world nations staffed, provisioned, and trained to respond to man made disasters and the whims of nature.

A unity of world nations exploring the universe and prepared to face those universal events that threaten life.

A unity of nations striving to inform world citizens they are responsible for holding governments and themselves accountable to principles held sacred.

A unity of nations granting religious freedom to all world citizens and requiring separation of church and state.

The ancient principles of all nations melded into one united World Nations. One civilization based on principles that sustain all mankind.

A universal dedication to the common welfare of all humanity.

A sense of hope for world citizens.

Humanity freed to build a civilization where the sunny side of human nature dominates the dark side.

Individual nations retain the advantage of local self-government.

Global Role Models:

The United States can be that beacon of light for all nations provided it can overcome national divisiveness, salvage a dysfunctional government, and motivate citizens to work together to hold government and themselves accountable to an abandoned constitution and principles.

International Fault Lines:

World fault lines must be recognized, understood, and managed in order to establish functional constitutional republic forms of government. Critical fault lines are identified as follows:

  • The masses plea for freedom, prosperity, and peace is silenced by citizen empowered political and religious leaders who recognize that the masses lack the will or incentive to organize and bond around goals that lead to freedom, prosperity, and peace. The political, religious, and special interests use their power and influence to divide the nation. The masses must never be allowed to become empowered. This is accomplished by keeping the masses entertained, drugged, physically unfit, and totally dependent on their political party, faith, and their job. This of course leads to diminishing principles, lack of self-esteem, and eventually submission to the state. At this stage there is no fiscal responsibility, corruption and crime explodes, and world chaos and conflict is unlimited. This is exactly where we are today.

  • Elected representatives sworn to promote the common welfare of citizens continue to make decisions based on personal, political, religious, and special interests.

  • Political, religious, and education leaders fail to incorporate required learning curriculum that would make citizens knowledgeable of their Founding Fathers, their Constitution, and their responsibility. Today, a majority of citizens have no concept of their responsibility to participate in their government or how to hold their government accountable to Constitutional requirements and principles.

  • The very foundation of a constitutional republic is based on the premise that capable, knowledgeable, and active citizens would hold elected representatives accountable to constitution principles and the common welfare of world citizens.

  • National and global challenges exist. These challenges require a unity of nations working together. Combining human and natural resources insures meeting challenges. World citizens must recognize that no single nation, acting alone, can meet near and long term national and global challenges.

  • Citizen lack of education is a fault line. Citizens define themselves by their sources of knowledge. Wise men say that the best knowledge cannot be told, the second best knowledge is misunderstood, and the third is daily conversation.
  • Fiscal irresponsibility.

  • Consensus of world climate experts is terrifying. Paul Krugman, The New York Times, states, “At this point, the central forecast of leading climate models-not the worst-case scenario but the most likely outcome-is utter catastrophe, a rise in temperatures that will totally disrupt life as we know it, if we continue along our present path.”

  • Political, education, and religious leaders fear to be honest with illiterate American citizens.

  • The United States is the major magnet for drug trafficking.

  • Genocide continues around the world.

  • Pornography accelerating and pedophilia spreading thru all levels of society.

  • United States Citizens cowardly demonstrate their willingness to subject young warriors and their families to multiple combat tours that assures post-traumatic stress disorder. United States government, religious institutions, and citizens see no need to share in their sacrifice, If, that were necessary all wars would have been postponed. RAND Corp. reported in a study: “Not only is a higher proportion of the armed forces being deployed, but deployments have been longer, redeployment to combat has been common, and breaks between deployments have been infrequent.” Other studies have paralleled RAND studies in spotlighting the psychic toll of these wars.

Twenty First Century Global Challenges Priorities:

Our Founding Fathers realized that thirteen colonies going their separate ways would always assure conflict, and chaos. In this twenty-first century single nations acting alone assures conflict and chaos.

It is time to establish a functional twenty first century constitutional republic with checks and balances that assure adherence to defined principles and meets the intent of our Founding Fathers. What citizen would oppose a functional twenty first century constitutional republic that restores freedom, prosperity and peace? This is an achievable goal citizens must impose on a dysfunctional government. Why would this goal be difficult to achieve? The Founding Fathers were realistic about human nature. James Madison stated, “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.” [Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay, The Federalist Papers (New York: Mentor Books, 1961), No.55]

The twenty-first century begins with a dysfunctional United States and a dysfunctional civilization, in which no nation working independently can hope to meet near or long term national and global challenges. However, there is hope. World nations, independent, and united around a twenty first century international constitutional republic can gain freedom, prosperity, and peace. Being united allows conservation of human and natural resources needed to meet near and long term national and global challenges. Being united, with the right checks and balances, assures the integrity of international governments and the principles of a constitutional republic. This may be the only path to world freedom, prosperity and peace.

The writer’s intent is to explore and understand global societies and how they relate to one another. Given this understanding, new paths may open to enhance the prospect of achieving universal freedom, prosperity, and peace.

Choosing a Future Path to Follow:

Before we face global challenges we must recognize the strengths and weaknesses of the dark and light side of human nature. World citizens must minimize the dark side. Then, we must gain an understanding of why we leave behind our principles and spiritual expectations and succumb to the dark side, Only then can we decide which path we choose to travel.

Next, we must ask and answer some critical questions that will decide the future of civilization. First, is humanity stable enough to achieve and maintain a form of world government that assures freedom, prosperity, and peace? Second, do we expect a myriad of religious institutions to have any significant effect on guiding governments or people to achieve freedom, prosperity, and peace? Third, what can we citizens do to unify and inspire world citizens to be caretakers of the environment and life forms? Why is it that the Constitution and God's expectations are so easily dismissed.?

Analysis of Civilization:

Qualified citizens would be wise to conduct an in-depth analysis of the State of Civilization. Now is the time. Capable world citizens must go to the most remote and dense regions and concentrate on how they will be affected, over time, by the ebb and flow of human traffic and the environment. Particular attention must be paid to the impact of civilization on high traffic arteries. The world must know in advance those human and environmental challenges that must be met. Making critical world challenges comprehensible to world citizens can unite and inspire them to work together to preserve our planet. Knowing the state of civilization allows us to plan to meet challenges.

Global Challenges Defined by Priority:

First: A Universal Mission Statement defining policies and goals for establishing and implementing constitutional republic forms of government.

Second: Establish and implement an Enlightenment program that educates and empowers world citizens to participate in forming a constitutional republic government.

Third: Set Human and Environmental Standards that promote the health of all world citizens.

Fourth: Establish and Implement Global Education Program that enlightens children and prepares them to participate in government processes designed to assure freedom, prosperity, and peace.

 

When will we know we are returning to a constitutional republic path? The signs are as follows. First, we will know when we see political parties acting as one in a common setting for the common welfare of our nation. Second, when united religious institutions become independent of government and work effectively together to become a force for raising the morality of a nation whose principles have declined. Third, when government, education and religious institutions work together to define mandatory curriculum that certifies students are knowledgeable of their Constitution, related principles, and responsibilities as citizens. Chapter Ten, Enlightenment, identifies what citizens must know and understand if they are to be responsible citizens capable of participating in the development of legislature, holding their government and themselves accountable to the Constitution, and related principles.

That Final Step:

Humankind’s ultimate goal is the establishment of a Universal Constitutional Republic that brings freedom, prosperity, and peace to all world citizens. This will be the moment that all spiritual and human expectations have been met.

The potential empowerment of world citizens, to make decisions concerning their future, is influenced by their politics, nationality, religion, and culture. In restrictive environments the twenty first century is in need of patriot leaders and citizens having the stature of Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Jr.,Mahatma Gandhi, and many others.

Mahatma Gandhi brought freedom to India:

Due to early influence by nonviolent teachings in Hinduism, Christianity, and Buddhism, he came to insist on the primacy of love for one’s adversary in any conflict as the invincible power for change. He fearlessly courted suffering and imprisonment in support of his moral vision. His unyielding opposition to intolerance and oppression inspired India like no leader since the Buddha. Gandhi’s legacy encouraged Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, and other global leaders to demand a better world through peaceful civil disobedience. Martin Luther King spoke for the rights of black citizens thru nonviolence:

"I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood. I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice. I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation of their character. I have a dream today. I have a dream that one day the state of Alabama, whose governor’s lips are presently dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, will be transformed into a situation where little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls and walk together as sisters and brothers."

Nelson Mandela:

Nelson was a courageous man who followed the most difficult course any person could choose to follow. He challenged white people because he felt that what they were doing was morally wrong. He showed a level of courage and sacrifice that was in a class by itself. He chose the long and hard road to freedom and traveled it with courage and dignity. Nelson served as an example to all that followed him. Nelson rejected the notion that political rights were to be determined by the color of our skins. An old African National Conference leader once explained it as follows:

“If you place the races of one country in two camps and cut off contact between them, those in each camp will begin to forget that those in the other are ordinary human beings, that each lives and laughs the same way, that each experiences joy or sorrow, pride or humiliation for the same reasons. Thereby each becomes suspicious of the other and each eventually fears the other which is the basis of all racism.”

Mac Maharaja speaking of Nelson Mandela:

All of us are shaped in one way or another by the lives we lead, and it is the struggle that has made Madiba what he is. Today, Nelson Mandela is perceived as an icon. He is seen as the hope for the future at a time when politics has become a dirty word, stripped of all morality and Machiavellian to its roots. Generations of young people around the world look to Madiba because they see him as the one person who symbolizes the possibility of bringing morality to the arena of politics. As we enter the twenty first Century these men stand like giants and are living legends and examples of what we should aspire to be. These men exceeded all expectations while emphasizing non-violence in the most violent period of world history. Can we do any less? Yet, we cast our values aside and choose a path of chaos and conflict over a path that leads to an end of conflict. And that’s why he remains the hope of this world.

Each made their share of mistakes. But, they were able to rise above their mistakes and weaknesses and stand by the principles and values that sustained and empowered them. United States Citizens should take a lesson from the experiences of these outstanding patriots.

These legendary leaders were not perfect in every respect. They had weaknesses and made their decisions based on the benefits of a Constitutional Republic:

Readers should ask what motivates the issues identified in this book. There is no one simple response. The single goal is to build constitutional republic nations with checks and balances that shift nations away from the dark side of human nature. The following hi-lights reflect a progression of events and experiences that shaped my beliefs, principals, and views of the world.

  • An adult environment that provided security and nurturing.

  • A safe environment that allowed endless freedom to daydream, roam and explore forests, rivers, and mountains, with minimum adult supervision, thru the teenage years.

  • Neighborhoods with few known dangerous elements and schools free from drugs, crime, and abuse.

  • An environment free from the deluge of massive technology that now absorbs every waking hour of our youths daydreaming, socializing, and developing years.

  • A media-free environment that allowed a youth to reach adult years before becoming aware that the adult world had chosen a path that politically divided the nation, violated constitutional responsibilities, and basic principles. This path made us a dysfunctional nation and fiscally and morally irresponsible. Our children must be allowed to develop emotionally and intellectually so they are prepared to cope, compete, and participate in this dysfunctional world and hopefully be a generation that can shape a better world.

  • The Holy Bible-King James Version-Thru teenage years.

  • The Age of Reason-Being an Investigation of True and Fabulous Theology, Thomas Paine

  • Four years of military service during the Korean War.

  • Bachelor Science Degree from University of Texas

  • Retired from Raytheon in 1995-37 years in aerospace, missiles, nuclear power plants, and air traffic control systems.

  • All the Magnificent and informative Books of James A. Michener

  • Myths to Live By, Joseph Campbell 1972

  • The Power of Myth, Joseph Campbell 1988

  • From Beirut to Jerusalem, Thomas L. Friedman (1989)

  • The Lexus and the Olive Tree, Thomas L. Friedman (1999)

  • Longitudes and Attitudes, Thomas L. Friedman (2002)

  • The World Is Flat-A Brief History of The Twenty-First Century, Thomas L. Friedman (2004)The World Is Flat-A Brief History of The Twenty-First Century, Updated and Expanded, Thomas L. Friedman, (2006)

  • Hot, Flat, and Crowded-Why We Need A Green Revolution-And How It Can Renew America, Thomas Friedman (2008)

  • United States Constitution

  • The Five Thousand Year Leap, W. Cleon Skousen

  • The Making of America-The Substance and Meaning of the Constitution, W. Cleon Skousen (1985)

  • The Federalist, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay (1788)

  • After years of studying critical local, state, national, global fault lines, and the Founding Fathers development of the Constitution, I began to realize the monumental impact this constitutional republic form of government had on shaping the greatest economic and military power in the world. This Constitution, if followed, offered the world a future of freedom, prosperity, and peace. This Website will identify how we turned our backs, over time, on the Constitution and its principles.

Constitution Erosion:

The United States Constitution and inherent principles began to erode as technology accelerated. Specific causes for this erosion are identified as follows:

  • The Founding Fathers lived in a world of few distractions. Their lives were consumed with their studies, professions, and their desire for freedom from tyranny. These struggles and their understanding of world government weaknesses and deficiencies gave them the vision and opportunity to establish a new form of government on a new continent. 

  • The human brain is the ultimate achievement of evolution. The growth and ultimate potential of the human brain has yet to be realized. But, exploding technology driven by scientific advances may be a threat to all humankind. The healthy growth and maturation of world children requires a natural and nurturing environment. A polluted environment and an uncontrolled exploding technological world driven by scientific advances threaten the natural development of children’s minds and bodies. When the brain is bombarded on a daily basis, with noise and distraction, there is too little room for normal growth. Everyone knows the media, television, and phones, along with a multitude of other devices, has a deteriorating effect on our daily lives. Obesity and deprivation compounds an already critical environment.

The greatest challenge a world citizen faces is to secure and maintain an environment that assures the proper nurturing and care of children. These children are our future leaders and they require time to grow and mature in a principled and disciplined society. The development of their physical and mental health requires living balanced lives in the company of mature adults that demonstrate how life should be lived and enjoyed. Humankind is currently on a path that abandons their young for a technology driven world and self-gratification. We can meet this challenge and renew our humanity by revisiting our primitive path and observing how other animals instinctively nurture their young till they reach maturity and can care for themselves.

Societies and constitutional republic forms of government have expectations for both citizens and leaders. Only those that are severely handicapped are exempt. There must be a majority of enlightened citizens capable of choosing enlightened leaders if a constitutional republic form of government is to remain functional within constitutional and related principle requirements. Chapter One, Enlightenment, speaks to this issue.

Let me be clear about one thing. I will use any and all enabling ideas, thoughts, and concepts that I think enlightens and empowers the reader. This book is driven by the need to provide world citizens a path by which they can transition a dysfunctional civilization to a functional civilization that uplifts humankind and ends conflict and chaos. My assessment of how life evolved, currently lives, and will live in the future is summed up as follows:

  • I believe there exists an unknown universal force that powers the universe. I see no evidence to believe this mysterious force interferes in the conflict and chaos humans inflict on themselves and the environment as they struggle to choose between the dark or light side of human nature.

  • I believe evolution has given humankind every innate gift necessary to become the caretaker of the planet and all life. However, humans choose and embrace the dark side of human nature. Eventually, evolution may resolve this imbalance through enlightenment of world citizens.

  • Unused evolutionary gifts grow dim and fade away. Evolution evolved an expanding brain over time and gave gifts that can be lost by a highly driven technological society that allows lazy minds to diminish brain capacity, principles, disciplines, and reasoning.

Every one has the ability, responsibility, and potential to participate in shaping a world free of conflict and chaos. Humankind quest for answers to the mystery of creation continues. This quest may change direction as science continues to reveal the macro and micro functions of the universe. As the children of each nation begin to see each other as brothers and sisters of one planet we can begin to bond together to face and solve common global challenges. Most of these children, if properly taught at home and in schools, will become enlightened citizens and outgrow partisan politics and divisive faiths that foster division, conflict and chaos.

 

 

 

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