This is the final article and a direct explanation of what its all about. it also includes several pieces of hard advice to future leaders.
Article. 10.Founding Principles.
This document is based upon 4 primary foundations:
The basic EARTHLY principles of the Judeo-Christian religion.
The courage and wisdom of the Original Founders, and the goals of Self Governance, Self Discipline, and Individual Personal Responsibility, with or without a specific faith.
The hard won experience of 224 years in the original American experiment in self rule.
The FACT that the theories of Rousseau, Marx, Dewy, and Keynes have NO VALUE in Governance, only in Controlling other’s lives! However, the ideas should be studied, so you’ll recognize them when the next would-be Tyrant brings them up as a good idea.
It’s NEVER the place of Government to tell anyone HOW to live, only to maintain MINIMUM guidelines needed to allow Residents to live in long-term close contact. Exact moral codes are the province of Religion, but basic morality is CRITICAL for the long-term function of a Republic.
The RoS is the agent to enforce only the most basic EARTHLY morality, i.e., Don’t murder, Don’t steal, Don’t bear false witness, Don’t betray your spouse, and Don’t break your word, The rest is between you, your family, your neighbors, and if you’re a person of Faith, your God, but those five things concern all the world around you, and are thus under the authority of government.
When Governments try to do anything more, it grows tyranny and kills freedom faster than any force known to man.
One side note: almost every religion in existence agrees on the five points of “material” morality listed previously. Coincidence? We think not.
This system is meant to be slow and deliberate, not fast and efficient. Efficient governments are FAR too powerful. Citizens should worry when the process is NOT gridlocked and slow. That sluggish pace stops the wheels of government from running over freedom. In light of that truth, our advice to anyone who wishes to use government to push their personal agenda(s) is best summarized by these quotes of great wisdom.
“Judge not, that ye be not judged.”
(Matthew 7: 1)
“If it neither picks your pocket nor breaks your leg, Mind your own Damn Business!”
(JP Cain, paraphrasing Thomas Jefferson)
Some will call this a “Charter of Negative liberties,” and they’re ABSOLUTELY CORRECT! Negative liberties for the GOVERNMENT! There is Little beyond what is listed here that ANY government should EVER do FOR or TO you. Residents must take care of themselves as far as possible, and where not, it’s the duty of their neighbors to help. Either alone or in groups, but It’s NEVER the job of the RoS, and The Republic has no mandate to intervene in this, EVER!
While a NECESSARY EVIL, politics is also the most corrupting activity in the known universe! The less time anyone serves in it, the less corrupt they can be expected to remain. This Document is designed to keep the Necessary Evil of Government to a BARE MINIMUM. Remember, the laws of man can define the nature and punishment of crime, but no law ever devised can be Proved to have PREVENTED a Crime. Beware those who claim “Prevention” or “Safety” is their goal because it’s Impossible! The quest for Prevention is a disguise for seeking Control.
This Constitution is not a “Living Document.” It is an ETERNAL DOCUMENT enumerating PRIMARY and PERMANENT limits on the power of the Republic. Historically there has NEVER been an example of a Bigger Government making a Better, or More INDIVIDUALLY Free, nation. If someone claims otherwise, make them PROVE IT!
Never forget that when some politician tells you “something-or-other” is a RIGHT, you should ask one question: “At whose expense?” (Ayn Rand) Because one truth never changes: “There Is No Such Thing As A Free Lunch!” or, if you prefer, TINSTAAFL. Disregard, or allow others to Disregard these limits, at your own EXTREME PERIL. Once the Genie of expanding government is out of the bottle, it is NEARLY impossible to put back.
All Law must be clear and simple. Undue complexity only creates a space for lawyers to twist and confuse issues, thereby justifying their existence. Lawyers in the old world were translators of the law and required extensive training to serve this function. But if legalese is not allowed to muck up the process, we would have much less actual need of them, and they would require much less training. This is why laws are written in plain English. If any section of this document still confuses you, simply ask: “WHAT EVIL WAS IT WRITTEN TO CORRECT?”
THE REPUBLIC OF SECUNDUS welcomes, with open arms, adherents of ALL faiths, but understand, we are based in THESE PRINCIPLES, and our laws are written to reflect THESE VALUES. The RoS is not here to enforce the dogma of a specific denomination. It’s meant to create an atmosphere of minimal friction between groups, something the old United States forgot, and God willing, we will remember longer than our predecessors did.