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The future of liberty depends on reclaiming America’s first principles, and The Heritage Foundation is leading the call to awaken our country and get it back on course. With our pocket-sized copies of the Declaration of Independence and Constitution, we seek to remind Americans that when you govern according to conservative principles, America flourishes!

No one can read our Constitution without concluding that those who wrote it wanted their government severely limited; the words “no” and “not” employed in restraint of government power occur 24 times in the first seven articles of the Constitution and 22 more times in the Bill of Rights.

OUR OATH:

“I, do solemnly swear, that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic: that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same, that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion: So help me God.”

2010-02-05 10:03

Essential Liberty-First Principles

Principium Imprimis If there is to be a peaceful transfer of liberty to our posterity, then we must return to principium imprimis, or First Principles. Short of another American Revolution to remove by force those in government who do not abide by their oaths “to support and defend the Constitution…

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2010-02-05 10:01

Essential Liberty-A republic, if you can keep it

“A republic, if you can keep it” At the close of the Constitution Convention in Philadelphia, Benjamin Franklin was asked if the delegates had formed a republic or a monarchy. “A republic,” he responded, “if you can keep it.” He added, “Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance…

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2010-02-05 10:00

Essential Liberty-A Wall of Separation??

A “Wall of Separation”? (Church & State) There is no more ominous defilement of our Constitution than that of the errant notion of a “Wall of Separation” between our constitutional government and our Creator – ominous because if the knowledge of our Creator (at one time proliferate in every…

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2010-02-05 09:55

Essential Liberty-A Living Constitution??

A “Living Constitution”? Prior to Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “New Deal” expansion of central government authority in the 1930s, the courts were still largely populated with originalists, those who properly rendered legal interpretation based on the Constitution’s “original intent.” But Roosevelt…

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2010-02-05 09:53

Essential Liberty-To secure these rights

“To secure these rights” “In order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of [the Constitution’s] powers…” –Preamble to the Bill of Rights Endeavoring to further define our Constitution’s limits on government encroachment upon the innate Rights of the People, James Madison, its primary architect,…

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2010-02-05 09:53

Essential Liberty-The Rule of Law

The Rule of Law “But where say some is the King of America? I’ll tell you Friend, he reigns above, and doth not make havoc of mankind… Let it be brought forth placed on the divine law, the word of God; let a crown be placed thereon, by which the world may know…that in America THE LAW IS KING.”…

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2010-02-05 09:52

Essential Liberty-We the People

“We the People” At the conclusion of the Revolutionary War, it was evident that the Articles of Confederation between the states did not sufficiently ensure the interests and security of the Confederation. In September 1786, at the urging of James Madison, 12 delegates from five states (New Jersey,…

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2010-02-05 09:50

Essential Liberty-Endowed by their Creator

“Endowed by their Creator” A year later in Philadelphia, on July 4th, 1776, Jefferson and 55 merchants, farmers, doctors, lawyers and other representatives of the original 13 colonies of the United States of America, in the General Congress, Assembled, pledged “our lives, our fortunes and our…

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2010-02-05 09:47

Essential Liberty-Sons of Liberty

Sons of Liberty On December 16th, 1773, “radicals” from Boston, Massachusetts, members of a secret organization of American Patriots called Sons of Liberty, boarded three East India Company ships and threw into Boston Harbor 342 chests of tea. This iconic event, in protest of oppressive British…
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Our Founders established a democratic republic, not a democracy, in order to enfeeble this cycle. However, with the erosion of constitutional authority, our Republic is now in grave peril of following the same cycle as have all other democracies in history. We have been shifting for many years slowly moving through this cycle but today wew have shifted into high gear.  Only intervention by citizens and leaders who advocate the primacy of constitutional authority, those committed to supporting and defending that authority above their self-interest, can apply the brakes and save the Republic for the next generation.

The Cycle of Democracy:

  1. From bondage to spiritual faith;
  2. From spiritual faith to great courage;
  3. From courage to liberty (rule of law);
  4. From liberty to abundance;
  5. From abundance to complacency;
  6. From complacency to apathy;
  7. From apathy to dependance;
  8. From dependence back into bondage (rule of men).

Irrevocably linked to liberty ensured by constitutional Rule of Law is economic liberty. In 1916, a minister and outspoken advocate for liberty, William J. H. Boetcker, published a pamphlet entitled The Ten Cannots:

  • You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
  • You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
  • You cannot help the poor man by destroying the rich.
  • You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
  • You cannot build character and courage by taking away man’s initiative and independence.
  • You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.
  • You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
  • You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.
  • You cannot establish security on borrowed money.
  • You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they will not do for themselves.

“Government cannot give to anybody what it does not first take from somebody else.”

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The Founder’s Freedom Formula was created by the National Center for Constitutional Studies (NCCS) and recorded with the assistance of Rowan Radio and The National Society of American Business Owners. The purpose behind these “Freedom” podcasts is to help accomplish what America’s Founding Fathers said was essential to maintain and preserve our Constitutional form of government … EDUCATE THE COMMON PEOPLE in the proper principles of government. Those 28 key principles, by the way, are listed and beautifully discussed in Dr. W. Cleon Skousen’s book, The 5,000 Year Leap.

Saturday, Jun 28, 2008

A Republic

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“When was the last time you recited the pledge of allegiance?”

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Saturday, Jun 28, 2008

Constitutional Rights

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Are we in danger of losing our Constitutional rights?

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Saturday, Jun 28, 2008

Government’s Power to Tax

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Did the people give power to the national government to tax them?

Posted by Nat’l Ctr for Constitutional Studies at 1:16 PM |     

Saturday, Jun 28, 2008

Natural Law #1

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Why did America’s Founding Fathers say that Natural Law was the foundation of our system of constitutional government?

Posted by Nat’l Ctr for Constitutional Studies at 1:14 PM |     

Saturday, Jun 28, 2008

Educating the Masses

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How does tyranny begin?

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Saturday, Jun 28, 2008

Government’s Power to Spend

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For what purposes can the national government rightfully spend tax revenues?

Posted by Nat’l Ctr for Constitutional Studies at 1:10 PM |     

Saturday, Jun 28, 2008

Human Nature

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Who should be trusted with power?

Posted by Nat’l Ctr for Constitutional Studies at 1:09 PM |     

Saturday, Jun 28, 2008

Federalism and the 17th Amendment

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How was Federalism abandoned in 1913?

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Saturday, Jun 28, 2008

Restoring Federalism

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“What is Federalism and why is it no longer operative in America today?”

Posted by Nat’l Ctr for Constitutional Studies at 1:03 PM |     

Saturday, Jun 28, 2008

Federalism and the 10th Amendment

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“How is power divided between Washington, D.C. and the states?”

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Saturday, Jun 28, 2008

Religion in America

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“Were the American colonists a religious people?”

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Saturday, Jun 28, 2008

Church and State vs. Religion and State

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“Does the separation of Church from State also mean Religion and State?”

Posted by Nat’l Ctr for Constitutional Studies at 12:56 PM |     

Saturday, Jun 28, 2008

The Proper Role of Government

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“Where do governments derive their power to act?”

Posted by Nat’l Ctr for Constitutional Studies at 12:53 PM |     

Saturday, Jun 28, 2008

Federalism

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“What is Federalism, and how is it supposed to work?”

Posted by Nat’l Ctr for Constitutional Studies at 12:51 PM |     

Saturday, Jun 28, 2008

Property Rights

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“Would you agree to enter a society in which you were required to surrender your property rights?”

Posted by Nat’l Ctr for Constitutional Studies at 12:49 PM |     

Saturday, Jun 28, 2008

Gold Standard

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“What kind of money should we have?”

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Saturday, Jun 28, 2008

Religion

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“Can Congress make laws prohibiting the free exercise of religion?”

Posted by Nat’l Ctr for Constitutional Studies at 12:43 PM |     

Saturday, Jun 28, 2008

The Secret to America’s Strength

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“What was the role of religion in the Founding Fathers’ Constitutional formula?”

Posted by Nat’l Ctr for Constitutional Studies at 12:41 PM |     

Saturday, Jun 28, 2008

America’s Founders

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“What qualifications did the Founding Fathers have to write the Constitution?”

Posted by Nat’l Ctr for Constitutional Studies at 12:39 PM |     

Saturday, Jun 28, 2008

The Science of Government

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“Did you know that government is a science?”

Posted by Nat’l Ctr for Constitutional Studies at 12:36 PM |     

Saturday, Jun 28, 2008

America’s Religion

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“Have you ever heard of the American Religion? And did you know that the Founding Fathers said that America’s government cannot survive without it?”

Posted by Nat’l Ctr for Constitutional Studies at 12:33 PM |     

Saturday, Jun 28, 2008

Trial by Jury of Peers

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“How did our original common law juries function?”

Posted by Nat’l Ctr for Constitutional Studies at 12:31 PM |     

Saturday, Jun 28, 2008

Public Debt

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“Should our children and grandchildren be required to bear the burden of debt created by current programs?”

Posted by Nat’l Ctr for Constitutional Studies at 12:28 PM |     

Saturday, Jun 28, 2008

Creator Endowed Rights

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“What did Thomas Jefferson mean by Creator Endowed Rights?”

Posted by Nat’l Ctr for Constitutional Studies at 12:27 PM |     

Saturday, Jun 28, 2008

Natural Law #2

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“Are the laws you have to obey really fair?”

Posted by Nat’l Ctr for Constitutional Studies at 12:24 PM |     

Saturday, Jun 28, 2008

Checks and Balances

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What is the definition of tyranny?

Posted by Nat’l Ctr for Constitutional Studies at 12:21 PM |     

Saturday, Jun 28, 2008

Rule of Law

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“In what ways did the Founders intend for our laws to promote freedom?”

Posted by Nat’l Ctr for Constitutional Studies at 12:19 PM |     

Saturday, Jun 28, 2008

The Unique Idea of the American Constitution

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“How is the American form of government different from any other?”

Posted by Nat’l Ctr for Constitutional Studies at 12:16 PM |     

Saturday, Jun 28, 2008

General Welfare

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“What limits did the Founders put on the General Welfare clause?”

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Saturday, Jun 28, 2008

Equality

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“Are all people really ‘created equal’, as Thomas Jefferson said in the Declaration of Independence?”

Posted by Nat’l Ctr for Constitutional Studies at 12:12 PM |   

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