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Our Virtuous Republic: The Forgotten Clause In The America Social Contract Paperback – May 16, 2013
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From the Author
Benjamin Franklin said:
Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.But what does it mean to be virtuous, and why did our Founding Fathers observe it to be essential to the preservation of our freedom?
The pursuit of truth tends to upset both sides of an argument. My loyalty and primary concern was to examine the principles of American traditionalism, and explain both the "why" and the "how" they have made America successful.
We have forgotten the terms of our social contract that defines an essential element to American citizenship, which was and still is, non-negotiable. The American system of government was contingent upon a belief in certain truths, and a body of citizens who would practice and live by those truths. "It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." My deepest desire is to reintroduce the American people to themselves and validate our national identity, in the hope that we may preserve it for our future generations.
By the time you are finished reading this book, I hope you will have asked yourself a few questions: Do I believe that we - humankind - can be something more than corrupt and vicious, or at least do I want to believe that to be possible? Our Founding Fathers most certainly did. What kind of person do I want to be, and what kind of people do I want my children to be? Is the answer corrupt and vicious, or can we once again become a virtuous republic?
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"May you and your contemporaries preserve inviolate the Constitution, which, cherished in all its chastity and purity in the end a blessing to all nations of the earth." - Thomas Jefferson
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The author laments America's decline into an authoritarian welfare state and believes the remedy lies in 18th century principles such as absolute truth, natural law (the right to life, liberty, and property), the Protestant ethic, American exceptionalism, and virtue (doing your civic duty).
He particularly targets the 16th and 17th Amendments to the United States Constitution as villains. The 17th Amendment (which was passed first) provided for the popular election of senators as opposed to election by state legislatures. This amendment has counterintuitively allowed special interests to control Congress. He describes logrolling where senators support each other's resolutions which allows them to benefit their supporters and maintain tenure as these special interests keep getting these senators re-elected.
The 16th Amendment established the progressive income tax. Needless to say this has led to a constantly growing government which is now $17 trillion in debt and will soon force the United States into some form of economic bankruptcy. The author argues that this "leviathan" has led to secularization, family breakdown, intractable poverty, educational decline, and an attack on self-defense through gun control.
This is a low-budget publication and contains spelling as well as grammatical errors, apparently from a lack of editing. Nevertheless it is worth reading as it provides a seldom-heard viewpoint and an interesting perspective on US history.
Worth every penny.