Principles of Freedom that Link God's Perfect Law with Man's best Law
Every once in a while, we feature the work of others who have shown over the years to be great friends to freedom and liberty. Ronald R. Christensen is such a man. He has been active for many years in helping to teach correct principles of freedom to any who would listen. He has been a close friend and supporter of NCCS for many years. Ron is a retired airline pilot, having flown for 33 years for United Airlines. He and his wife will be celebrating their 50 th wedding anniversary on September 13 th . It is an honor to feature some of his work in this month's letter.
Ron Christensen has entitled his message, "The Link". It is a way to show the correlation between God's Perfect Law for freedom and the work of the Founders as reflected in the United States Constitution.
One of the treasures of the freedom effort today is a speech given many years ago by former Secretary of Agriculture Ezra Taft Benson entitled "The Proper Role of Government" which was later, in 1968, made into a filmstrip entitled, "Man, Freedom, and Government." This message has never been equaled in the powerful way it presents the role of government and its relationship to the freedom of man. We are pleased that Ron Christensen has included this filmstrip in "The Link" presentation. It is a classic in freedom literature and, even recognizing the outdated technology of the 60s, this presentation must be kept from being hidden in archives and lost. Secretary Benson wrote and narrates the material included on "The Link." Please refer to the enclosed flyer to obtain your copy of this DVD.
Earl Taylor, Jr.
By Ronald R. Christensen
There are Eternal Principles that LINK God's perfect law with man's best law. They are the foundation upon which any great government must be built. They teach an understanding of freedom and give intellectual, moral and spiritual insight. These LINKing principles of freedom can reveal themselves as self-evident truths as they disclose what is right and good.
Most people have similar desires, such as:
- the liberty to make our own choices and follow our own beliefs.
- acquiring the financial ability to be self-supporting.
- having control of our children's education, instilling in them the values we hold sacred.
- peace in the world but more immediately, security in our own land, without forfeiting our individual rights.
- justice in our courts that are primarily concerned with the victim and after that, the criminal.
- willingness to pay our share of necessary expenses, however, we expect them to be reasonable.
- helping those in need, but we expect everyone to be as self reliant as possible.
- government that is efficient and even friendly.
- laws that treat us equally and show no favorites.
- being self-responsible and self-reliant while demanding recognition of our inalienable rights.
Problems Dim Our Hopes
Sad experience has shown us that ever-growing problems make our desires more difficult to obtain. All three branches of government have expanded their areas of responsibility, usurping authority delegated to others, involving themselves in every conceivable issue. This expansion of involvement creates an obese government, resulting in unfair and burdensome taxes that chain down our families.
Citizens and states are losing control of their property for an ever-increasing number of political excuses. Justifiably, responsible parents are deeply troubled as new depths of immorality become more and more acceptable within society. Entitlement programs have reclassified the needy to include almost anyone with wants including immense government grants given to million-dollar corporations, costing taxpayers' billions of dollars. Vote buying is alive and well.
Unfair laws often abuse the wage earner and reward the irresponsible. Government rules, regulations, controls and repressive laws frustrate our ability to build or do business. Our freedoms and rights are increasingly encroached upon. The bureaucracy that causes such strife may be as close as our own public school or as distant as the federal monstrosity. Those that should represent us, continually stray from "governing a free people" to regulating our lives, under the guise of solving our problems. They, along with those that put them in office, are responsible for our departure from correct principles and the Constitution.
Jefferson warned of this very thing:
"If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them, they must be happy." (Thomas Jefferson, Soldiers, Statesmen, & Heroes, p. 85)
A "Principle" is a standard used to evaluate ideas and guides us in making decisions, especially during times of confusion or uncertainty. When correct principles are unknown, people stumble while looking for the right way. They are often oblivious to their mistakes until those innocents of a the new generation suffer from past blunders.
For centuries, statesmen, philosophers, educators, jurists, and extraordinary thinkers, have left their ideas for civilization to contemplate. Great statesmen have surfaced throughout the world and throughout history to promote wisdom, righteousness and liberty while opposing tyranny and self-serving rulers. Before the U.S. Constitution was written, our Founders learned the principles of freedom, liberty and the forms of good government. Listen to the past Secretary of Agriculture, Ezra Taft Benson:
"Today when men in the public spotlight are asked to express their opinion on the myriad of government proposals and projects, all too often their answers seem to be based, not upon any solid principle, but upon the popularity of the specific government program in question. Any program that appears to be popular will seldom be opposed by them. This seems especially true if they are already in or seeking to gain some public office. When men must make decisions on vital political questions of the day these decisions should be based upon and measured against certain basic principles regarding the proper role of government."
What are those divine principles that our U.S. Constitution was built upon, that created one of the most perfect organizations that ever governed a free people? The Link DVD was created to answer that question.
CORRECT PRINCIPLES, an organization dedicated to the teaching of the Constitution in the tradition of the Founding Fathers, has produced a DVD, titled, "The Link." It teaches those eternal principles that link God's perfect law with man's best law.
In the first third of the DVD, awareness of good and evil, right vs. wrong, hopes and discouragement, are discussed. The essential need for study of correct principles is emphasized as well as the necessity to prepare for involvement. Six questions are asked, suggesting that when we clearly understand the answers, we will have acquired the standard we need to measure political ideas and proposals.
The second third of the DVD is a teaching experience, presented by the great statesman and past Secretary of Agriculture, Ezra Taft Benson, who served under President Dwight D. Eisenhower. This rare find of an original filmstrip does an outstanding job of helping to teach freedom fundamentals.
The last third of the DVD emphasizes, focuses, clarifies and completes the answers to the six questions.
The discussion of rights, their source, and how to differentiate between a right and a political privilege is thought provoking. The proper role of government and decisions on power may be the most stimulating as we see the genius of our framers who actually did learn from history's mistakes and blessed us with their wisdom. How to morally prosper, what is the source of peace, and what is the best way to help the needy are explained by gathering the wisdom and righteousness of so many statesmen that came before us. Also, you will find within the presentation, a suggestion to complete "The Basic Freedom Education." It is a three-step, self-education process that I know you will find beneficial.
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A Citizen's Responsibility
It has always been and still is the responsibility of every citizen to understand and to comfortably discuss with others the Constitution of the United States. Firstly, we need to understand those principles upon which that great document was built. Only in this way can we know when a branch of our government exceeds its authority as limited by the Constitution. We were never meant to be undereducated serfs, searching for an expert to tell us what to think. The responsibility to judge government is ours.
We must all obtain virtue, learn the principles of freedom, of liberty, of good government and understand the U.S. Constitution in its original intent and scope.
Wise and moral government leaders will be elected into office only when we citizens become wise and moral.
"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, it expects what never was and never will be. [We must] educate and inform the whole mass of the people, they are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty." - Thomas Jefferson
"No free government, or the blessing of liberty, can be preserved to any people without a frequent recurrence of fundamental principles. " - Patrick Henry
"I must square every vote I give to some principle, and not say aye or no as the mere echo to my file (political party) leader." - John Quincy Adams
"Explain the general idea [a defining principle] . then I shall have a standard . by which I may measure the nature of actions." - Socrates
"Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports . reason and experience both forbid us to expect that National morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle." - George Washington
May God bless you and your family and may the people of the United States of America bless God.
Ronald R Christensen
Founder of Correct Principles
Producer of "The Link"