The Framers’ and Founders’ Perspective on Freedom

The Framers’ and Founders’ Perspective on Freedom

    The book Set My People Free, published in January this year, looks at the Framers’ and Founders’ intention for the government they structured in the Constitution of the United States, and compares it to where we are now.
    Following The Attack on America, written before 911, the 2nd Edition revised after it, and Beyond Reason, discussing the how and the why America is where it is today, Set My People Free extrapolates that original intention to offer remedies, solutions and alternatives to the financial, social, and political disaster confronting our Nation which are consistent with and abide by that intention. We do not need to amend or alter the Constitution, we need to obey it and put in office only those who do likewise.
    Enabled by an electorate embracing the many manifestations of the various religions of humanism trusting politicians who continue to violate their oath of office to protect and defend that original intention, Congressional failure is the ongoing cause of the crises confronting us. Like those who empower them, those whom we elect to represent us ignore the truths and reality validated by science and history choosing instead to believe the lies and deceptions of our enemies, foreign and domestic.
    Spewing from the media cesspool disseminating untruths and the corrupted education system is the false propaganda motivating a misguided public.
    Set My People Free describes the Framers’ fear of a public majority subject to the leading of those who would destroy all that is good and righteous in America. Their next preeminent fear, repeatedly warned against in their voluminous writings in the process of framing and ratifying the Constitution, is their overwhelming fear of government, particularly the Federal government. With all their fears, not just the two described previously, now playing out in the political circuses, the call to arms reclaiming, protecting, and defending that original intention has never been more important.
    As but one example, Set My People Free examines all the negative consequences of the national debt that are reiterated in the following article by Cal Thomas. World recognized authorities on economics and public policy on this Committee as well as the author of Set My People Free all agree that any government debt always translates into taxpayer liability. The Framers’ and Founders’ conclusions based on immutable Truth never change with time, human desire or invention.
    America is embroiled in a “great new civil war” where freedom and justice for all are threatened and attacked as never before. What we believe and hold to be truths are what direct our political paths and motivate our agendas. We are responsible for open borders, judicial activism, the administrative state, and all the problems addressed in Set My People Free, as well overcoming those problems and defeating our enemies.

What the Founders Had to Say About National Debt

When you run in debt; you give to another power over your liberty.” – Benjamin Franklin. (Photo: Pleasureofart/Getty Images

   The Founders of the United States of America warned against massive federal debt, but, to our detriment, their political descendants are not paying attention.

    The Founders speak to us from their graves to condemn and warn of the consequences now that President Trump and Congress have come to an agreement about lifting the meaningless “debt ceiling” and increasing already massive federal spending and the debt, which is at $22 trillion and growing rapidly.

    First to speak is Thomas Jefferson: “We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt.”

    Next is Alexander Hamilton: “Nothing can more affect national prosperity than a constant and systematic attention to extinguish the present debt and to avoid as much as possibl(e) the incurring of any new debt.”

The liberal Left continue to push their radical agenda against American values.

     I’m not sure if that line made it into “Hamilton,” the Broadway musical, but if it didn’t, it should have to teach a new generation about fiscal responsibility.

    Then we have this from George Washington: “Avoid occasions of expense . . . and avoid likewise the accumulation of debt not only by shunning occasions of expense but by vigorous exertions to discharge the debts, not throwing upon posterity the burden which we ourselves ought to bear.”

    If that’s not enough, how about this from James Madison: “I go on the principle that a public debt is a public curse, and in a Republican Government a greater curse than any other.”

    John Adams said: “The consequences arising from the continual accumulation of public debts in other countries ought to admonish us to be careful to prevent their growth in our own.”

    Are you getting the picture?

    One more and perhaps the most profound of all comes from Benjamin Franklin: “When you run in debt; you give to another power over your liberty.” Franklin is establishing a direct connection between debt and liberty–the more debt, the less liberty.

    Is anyone in the present Congress and administration listening?

    President Trump tried to put a gloss on the tentative agreement by saying it will strengthen the military and help veterans. In fact, it is little more than an invitation to unrestrained spending for the next two years. With Congress demonstrating no spending restraint, this is like removing speed limits and radar traps, hoping people will drive responsibly.

    Even in Washington’s current hyper-partisan environment, Democrats will likely agree with a Republican president who allows them to spend more money, much of which must be borrowed from other countries.

    The president and many Republicans in Congress argued that cutting taxes would stimulate economic growth. It has, but the spending never stops and that’s why economic growth is never enough; neither are tax and spending increases proposed by most of the Democratic presidential candidates.

    If spending cannot be controlled, no amount of economic growth will reduce the debt.

    In a 2017 article for the fiscally conservative Forbes magazine, budget expert Stan Collender wrote: “Let it be shouted from every mountaintop in the United States: Today’s Republican Party is a federal budget deficit and national debt fraud.”

    Collender then invokes a definition of fraud and ties it to the GOP: “Intentional perversion of truth in order to induce another to part with something of value,” and “a person who is not what he or she pretends to be.”

    As long as an entitlement mentality prevails and Republicans fear backlash from the media and Democrats should they try to cut even an increase in the rate of spending, much less substantive reforms and reductions, this spending spree will continue unabated with serious consequences to the future of the country.

    So it has been for other nations that have failed to live within their means.

    Just ask the Founders.

    Cal Thomas is a syndicated columnist, author, broadcaster, and speaker with access to world leaders, U.S. presidents, celebrities, educators, and countless other notables. He has authored 12 books, including his latest, “What Works: Common Sense Solutions for a Stronger America.” Readers can email him at tcaeditors@tribpub.com.

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