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11th Carnival of Principled Government: Things our (Founding) Fathers told us

In honor of my father’s birthday last week, this carnival’s theme is quotes from our Founding Fathers. I’d include some of my own father’s helpful advice, but I couldn’t find a place for: “If you’re bored, I’ve got work for you to do.” and “This ain’t my first rodeo!”

This is, however, my first blog carnival. So welcome and please forgive whatever errors, omissions and missteps you find. For more information on the Carnival of Principled Government, go here. There are fifteen submissions and a great variety of topic covered.

“Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual — or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.” Samuel Adams

Tom reminds us that leadership should cost, not pay with no one to vote for posted at geekandfather.com.

Taking “representative democracy” to a whole new place, Gavin R. Putland presents Democracy vs. universal suffrage posted at /etc/cron.whenever/.

“[Impeachable conduct is] misconduct by public men, or, in other words, from the abuse or violation of some public trust.”
Alexander Hamilton

Madeleine Begun Kane exercises her free speech rights with Political Madness Bush Impeachment Poll posted at Mad Kane’s Political Madness.

“Religion, morality and knowledge being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of shall forever be encouraged.”
The Northwest Ordinance, July 23, 1787

Dana, our carnival founder, examines the repeated inability of Washington, D.C. public school system to provide even the basic necessities of education in School is starting back soon, are you as prepared as D.C.? at Principled Discovery.

“Let the American youth never forget, that they possess a noble inheritance, bought by the toils, and sufferings, and blood of their ancestors; and capacity, if wisely improved, and faithfully guarded, of transmitting to their latest posterity all the substantial blessings of life, the peaceful enjoyment of liberty, property, religion, and independence.”

Joseph Story, Commentaries on the Constitution, 1833

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Bull Jones reminds us of our duty to service members with Government Fails Service Members – Again! posted at The Bull Speaks!.

Renae shares of her own child learning of his noble inheritance in Raising Washingtons posted at Life Nurturing Education.

“[R]eligion, or the duty which we owe to our creator, and the manner of discharging it, can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence; and therefore all men are equally entitled to the free exercise of religion, according to the dictates of conscience; and this is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian forbearance, love, and charity towards each other.”
Virginia Bill of Rights

In Government and the atrophy of charity, I look at personal charity, government aid, and the One Campaign.

“How prone all human institutions have been to decay; how subject the best-formed and most wisely organized governments have been to lose their check and totally dissolve; how difficult it has been for mankind, in all ages and countries, to preserve their dearest rights and best privileges, impelled as it were by an irresistible fate of despotism.” James Monroe, speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention, June 10, 1788

Two submissions look at the role of government in health care (and other matters) from two decidedly different points of view:

John Cox presents Debate brings tried and true means to enlarge government posted at Blog for Cox: The Official John Cox Campaign Blog.

Tracee Sioux presents What Would Jesus Do? posted at Tracee Sioux.

“I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history and naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.” John Adams, letter to Abigail Adams, 1780

Ashok looks at the decline of Academia in Rethink.: How The Academy Destroyed Itself posted at Rethink.

“The law of nature and the law of revelation are both Divine: they flow, though in different channels, from the same adorable source. It is indeed preposterous to separate them from each other.” James Wilson, Of the Law of Nature, 1804

Adam Graham presents The Nation That Shrunk God posted at Adam’s Blog.

“Is the relinquishment of the trial by jury and the liberty of the press necessary for your liberty? Will the abandonment of your most sacred rights tend to the security of your liberty? Liberty, the greatest of all earthly blessings — give us that precious jewel, and you may take every things else! Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel.” Patrick Henry, speech in the Virginia Convention, June 5, 1788

Ian Welsh presents The War on Terror Is The War on Drugs… On Crack | The Agonist posted at The Agonist.

“The truth is, that, even with the most secure tenure of office, during good behavior, the danger is not, that the judges will be too firm in resisting public opinion, and in defence of private rights or public liberties; but, that they will be ready to yield themselves to the passions, and politics, and prejudices of the day.” Joseph Story, Commentaries on the Constitution, 1833

Sean-Paul Kelley presents Kenneth Foster, Jr.: An Innocent Man Texas Will Soon Execute posted at The Agonist.

“All men having power ought to be distrusted to a certain degree.”
James Madison, speech at the Constitutional Convention, July 11, 1787

Tiffany Washko presents The Lead Toys Fiasco posted at Natural Family Living Blog.

Slightly, OT, Charles H. Green presents Trusted Professions posted at Trust Matters. Any guesses where politicians fall on the list?

Thanks everyone for contributing. I hope you enjoyed the variety of issues and opinions presented. Don’t forget to submit to the next Carnival of Principled Government.

Quotes found at Mark’s Quotes.

7 responses to “11th Carnival of Principled Government: Things our (Founding) Fathers told us”

  1. Dana Avatar

    This looks great, April! Thank you so much for hosting.

  2. Renae Avatar

    Thanks for including me. This is my first carnival too. You did a good job. I really like your idea of putting the posts with thoughts from the founding fathers.

  3. Judy Aron Avatar
    Judy Aron

    Wonderful carnival! but dang it – I forgot to send my submission.. oh well.. next time..

  4. Brian, aka Nanoc, aka Norski Avatar
    Brian, aka Nanoc, aka Norski

    The first thing I thought, seeing “Principled Government” was ‘isn’t that an oxymoron?’ Like cold fire, or honest politician.

    Reading your post was a refreshing reminder that there is an ethical, even moral, bedrock to America: sometimes deeply hidden under the everyday nitwittery of the Capitol Hill boys and girls.

    In brief, thanks!

  5. April Avatar

    Thanks all! This was lots of fun. I don’t know if I’ll ever be ready for a 50+ post carnival a la Carnival of Homeschool, but I enjoyed this.

  6. Dana Avatar

    The COH is intense. But it has its rewards, especially if coffee at midnight is your thing.

  7. Marcian Avatar

    This was a great book. I bought it for my father, but I’m enjoying its contents myself.

    Our country was founded by quite a cheeky bunch of limeys.


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