American Principle Ten: Government Must Be Decentralized—
“…repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny [British King] over these States.” ~ Declaration of Independence
Officials who bypass the principles of limited government are suppressing the supreme right of the people to rule. Such officials have violated their duties as trustees and are in effect usurpers, oppressors and tyrants.
The American system is “a Republic–a federation, or combination, of central and state republics–under which: the different governments will control each other… Within each republic there are two safeguarding features: (a) a division of powers, as well as (b) a system of checks and balances between separate departments: hence a double security arises [essential] to the rights of the people” (James Madison, Federalist, No. 51, 1788).
Regarding the federal government usurping essential citizen rights, “True barriers [for] of our liberty are our State governments” (President Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural Address, 1801).
“The necessity of reciprocal checks in the exercise of political power, by dividing and distributing it into different depositories, and constituting each the guardian of the public weal against invasions by the others, has been evinced by experiments ancient and modern; some of them in our country and under our own eyes. To preserve them must be as necessary as to institute them.” (George Washington, Farewell Address, 1796).
American Principle Eleven: Government or Union Monopolies Directing Education, Religion, Speech or the Press Are Prohibited for Liberty’s Sake—
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a ‘redress of grievances.'” ~ Constitution of the United States
The main weapons used by the enemies of citizen self-rule and liberty are leftist monopolies and physical force. When laws are legislated by unelected judges that permit government employee control over religio/political education and history instruction, it always leads to tyranny of the mind.
Education that does not teach the timeless principles recorded in the Declaration of Independence empowers the enemies of life and liberty for the pursuit of happiness. The delegates to the Constitutional Convention understood this, and they focused upon the fact that governments are by nature a nesting place for tyrants of the mind.
It is the collective political power granted to monopoly teacher unions and the establishment of tenure laws that empower the enemies of the family, human dignity, and self-government. Tenured secular authoritarians have achieved control of curriculum used in the soft sciences and the study of law taught in government schools. The weapons they use to enforce what must be taught include the ridicule and denigration of the reputation of anyone who dares to challenge leftist political correctness. The use of the word “science” is code for their atheistic human origins, meaning, and purpose; “diversity” is code for demanding the approval of evil life practices; and “social justice” is code for using government power to force the transfer of wealth from the thrifty to their own block of voters.
It is the competition of education suppliers that reduces inefficiencies in government-run schools and helps restrain moral pollution by tenured government radicals. The debasement of morality evident in the tragic church-state monopoly of Medieval Europe compares with the moral decline that started with government establishment of teacher unions. First-amendment law intended to prevent the suppression of the right of parents to choose between competing education suppliers for their children’s education are superior to all other laws–national, state, and local.
The indispensable role of education and religious liberty in the preservation of American principles for government is “self-evident.” Education that leaves new generations viewing government as some vague entity leaves them confused about truth. They are then easy prey for manipulation by what Jefferson called “tyrants of the mind.” Definite and specific American principles for government of a responsible nature do exist.
~ David Norris