Quote of the Day

"Happiness is not an accident. Nor is it something you wish for. Happiness is something you design." ~ Jim Rohn

Make Mine Freedom

Friday, December 31, 2010

Warning!

Thanks to the folks at http://restorerepublic.ning.com/ for the Warning Label.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

William Blackstone, Commentaries on the Laws of England


The absolute rights of man considered as a free agent, endowed with discernment to know good from evil, and with power of choosing those measures which appear to him to be most desirable, are usually summed up in one general appellation, and denominated the natural liberty of mankind.

This natural liberty consists properly in a power of acting as one thinks fit, without any restraint or control, unless by the law of nature: being a right inherent in us by birth, and one of the gifts of God to man at his creation, when he endued him with the faculty of free-will.

But every man, when he enters into society, gives up a part of his natural liberty, as the price of so valuable a purchase; and, in consideration of receiving the advantages of mutual commerce, obliges himself to conform to those laws, which the community has thought proper to establish. And this species of legal obedience and conformity is infinitely more desirable, than that wild and savage liberty which is sacrificed to obtain it.

Thomas Jefferson, Inaugural Address, March 4, 1801


About to enter, fellow-citizens, on the exercise of duties which comprehend everything dear and valuable to you, it is proper you should understand what I deem the essential principles of our Government, and consequently those which ought to shape its Administration.

I will compress them within the narrowest compass they will bear, stating the general principle, but not all its limitations.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Welfare: It's Proper Place.

Noah Webster defined welfare this way:
WELFARE, n. [well and fare, a good faring; G.]

1. Exemption from misfortune, sickness, calamity or evil; the enjoyment of health and the common blessings of life; prosperity; happiness; applied to persons.
2. Exemption from any unusual evil or calamity; the enjoyment of peace and prosperity, or the ordinary blessings of society and civil government; applied to states. ("Welfare.")

It is apparent from Webster's definition that he and his contemporaries as being a condition of humanity. The first entry defines a condition of life for individuals. The second entry applies welfare to the larger populace: society and government.

Interestingly, at no point does this definition suggest caring for the poor and the needy. Yet, it is reasonable to conclude that "the enjoyment of peace and prosperity...applied to states" would infer caring for the needy. I submit that it is government's responsibility to care for the needy if and only when we as civilized people do not or cannot care for our needy first.

If you, as an individual or business, provide for the needy either directly or through charitable giving, you are tending to the welfare of the needy. This is a good thing and is to be commended.