The Preservation of Liberty

"Educate and inform the whole mass of the people. They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty." - Thomas Jefferson The ancient Roman system of education called liberalia studia or "liberal studies" has been immensely influential on the modern world. In a nutshell, liberal studies are those which give a man …

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Modern Problems, Ancient Solutions

The ancient Greeks and Romans had solutions for many of the problems that plague our country today. They recognized that human nature is a double-edged sword and that steps can be taken to mitigate the expression of its lesser qualities while magnifying its finer ones. They understood as well that liberty is not a given, …

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Tyrannosaurus Debt

My sons and I were enjoying a few of the Schoolhouse Rock animated educational motion films yesterday and we came across one that I hadn't heard during my cartoon watching years as it was one of the later releases of the series. Entitled "Tyrannosaurus Debt," this episode focused on the catastrophic consequences of fiscal irresponsibility, …

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Truth and Reason

"I was bold in the pursuit of knowledge, never fearing to follow truth and reason to whatever results they led, and bearding every authority which stood in their way." ~ Thomas Jefferson Every man, woman and child is called to make acquaintance with truth while navigating the river of life. Some scarcely have the opportunity …

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The Guardian of True Liberty

"The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty." ~ James Madison Seeing the images and videos of the various manifestations of rebellion known as the "Arab Spring" brings me back to the year of my high school graduation, 1989, and the fall of the Berlin Wall. As each piece of …

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Freedom, Transparency and Trust

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be." ~ Thomas Jefferson An informed nation hinges upon a citizenry desirous of the truth and a government steeped in the principles of transparency and trust. The farther we veer from these two …

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The Natural Aristocracy

Friends of mine were discussing politics and leadership the day before yesterday and one raised the question: "I wonder why the most successful people, financially speaking, like Bill Gates or Warren Buffett shouldn't be running the country?" The question carried a bit more weight in my mind given Donald Trump's recent indication that he would …

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Viewer Discretion is Advised

"I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion." ~ Thomas Jefferson Rather than complain about the …

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