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Principles of Freedom – Declaring Independence

Issue 44.17

As I mentioned in the last article, we became very aware that Catalan (a segment of Spain centered in Barcelona) was seeking independence. They want to become their own country. Flags showing this were everywhere. Since we returned home, the vote was held and a majority of people in that area […]

Principles of Freedom – Political Freedom in Europe

Issue 42.17

My wife and I just returned from a long planned and long saved for trip to Europe, spending much of our time in Italy. We are far from world travelers and are not fluent in any language but English, but in our interaction with people and businesses there, it was very […]

Principles of Freedom – Freedom of Association – Part Two

Issue 40.17

Part 2:

This is the concluding section of a two part article. Considered in the first part are concerns about the rights of individuals to refuse service to or allow participation of those who are of opposing viewpoints or lifestyles. We considered the case of the baker who refused to […]

Principles of Freedom – Freedom of Association – Part One

Issue 39.17

Part 1:

While not mentioned specifically in the Constitution or the Declaration of Independence, the freedom to associate with those we choose to (and to not associate with those we do not choose to) has repeatedly been affirmed by the courts including the Supreme Court. It is true that there are […]

Principles of Freedom – Responding to the Readers

Issue 36.17

I want our readers to know that I very much appreciate their comments and insights and I learn from many of them who take the time to share their thinking and why they think that way. It is interesting that, in reading through recent responses to my articles, I have been […]

Principles of Freedom – The Balance Sheet

Issue 34.17

There are basic principles regarding wealth and money. The Constitution gives to the government the right and responsibility “To coin money, regulate the value thereof, and of foreign coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures;” and “to borrow money on the credit of the United States”.

In the real […]

Principles of Freedom – Republics and Democracies

Issue 32.17

“I pledge allegiance to the flag, and to the republic for which it stands…” Words often said but often not understood. A democracy is not the same as a republic. The simple difference is this. In a democracy, the majority rules. The […]

Principles of Freedom – Off Year Elections

Issue 30.17

Every four years, we elect a President. Every two years we elect the total House of Representatives to the US Congress. Senators are elected every six years, but the group of 100 Senators is divided roughly into thirds so that around 33 or them are elected every two years on a […]

Principles of Freedom – The First Six Months

Issue 28.17

I made a promise to my readers that I would review the performance and give my opinion of President Trump after his first six months in office. I felt that would give me the time to see what he actually would do rather than just responding to all the rhetoric from […]

Principles of Freedom – The 4th of July

Issue 26.17

This coming week, most of us will be treated to fireworks, flags, food and fun as we celebrate the founding of our country. However, there are a number of things that are traditionally believed that are either a little off or downright incorrect. Even though some of the details that we […]