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It’s All About Common Sense

Posted on 10 April 2011 by Editor

Originally posted 2009-09-01 22:54:29. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Thomas Paine.
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August 23, 2009

Each and every day a child is born into a world of truths and lies, rights and wrongs, haves and wants.  From its first breath, it is conditioned to understand the forces of action and reaction, the relationship between wanting and getting, and how to manipulate the circumstances to best serve its needs. Whether it’s crying to receive its milk or copping a smile to get a hug, the child quickly begins to understand how to acquire material and non-material things.

Our mind is conditioned to think in terms of acquisitions and possessions. It is human nature and, just like with any other emotion, there too is an emotion attached to one’s possessions. The value of one’s possessions (regardless of whether they are material, like a home or a car, or non-material, like professional respect or rich family traditions) is directly related to the effort exerted in obtaining them. The depth of the emotion attached to these possessions is similarly directly correlated to this effort, as well as their value.  The three form an inextricable triad which is deeply rooted in human nature and natural law. From this simple observation, a basic conclusion about the human condition can be summarized as follow:

Your happiness is directly related to the value of the wealth (material and non-material) you’ve created and the effort you’ve contributed in creating it.

When we are first taught to play in the sandbox, we are told not to take the other children’s toys. Why? Because first of all those toys don’t belong to us – we haven’t earned the right to have them. Secondly, it would make the other children sad, since that for which they likely had to do something to get (i.e. earn it), would be unjustly taken away from them. It’s just common sense, isn’t it?

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But some time very soon after the sandbox stage in a child’s development, these nascent links and deep-rooted relationships between ownership, effort and happiness begin to be eaten away. In the home this happens through parents who too easily accept the commercial media version of the world and who are not willing (or intellectually able) to espouse the basic principles of natural law and individual responsibility onto their offspring.   Outside the home the society takes over with incongruent representations of the real world, manifested in attitudes such as:

  • debt is good (and you don’t really have to pay it all back)
  • your mistakes are everyone else’s problem
  • less capable does not mean less deserving
  • every effort is just as good as any other, and should deserve the same outcome (i.e. it’s the effort that counts)
  • opportunity should not be equally apportioned, but instead should be skewed toward those who need it most, even (or particularly) if at the expense of those who can produce a better outcome from such opportunity

Does that make sense? Is a society which has these as its principles efficient, fair, equitable and sustainable?

Clearly, the answer must be “no,” since each violates one or more basic laws of human behavior and indeed common sense. Yet over the better part of the 20th century the American society has adopted and inculcated each of these values into its daily life and its government, media and cultural centers continue to promote even greater departures from the basic principles which make up the human behavioral DNA.

A modern society which is based on principles of liberty and freedom cannot at the same time be one which imposes unnatural laws and ordinances on its citizens. It is not, as most progressive liberals would like to see, a place and time where all are guaranteed an equal outcome, regardless of their individual contribution.  It certainly cannot be one which irresponsibly uses its financial and human resources and violates the most basic principles of supply/demand economics.

Like the sea farer that knows the immovable nature of the stars and how they provide him guidance to navigate the stormy waters, so too a modern society must have its anchor in tried and tested core founding principles. And this is particularly true in a world where change is occurring at increasing speed and where losing its national compass, a society risks eternal disorientation in the sea of conflict and divergence.

In his 1776 political pamphlet “Common SenseThomas Paine looks at the political systems of his time, the monarchy, the British parliament, commons and constitution and questions many of the prevailing ideas of the role of government and its relationship to the citizens. In so doing he applies a rigorous discipline of logic and of common sense, and exposes nonsensical laws and political traditions. Most constitutional historians agree that this scrutiny and deep analysis of the British system of government at the time made a significant impact on the writing of the United States Constitution.

We could say that much common sense was applied by the authors of the American Constitution in formulating the principles of our founding. We know that because of its common sense it has withstood the test of time.

Each time we step away from these guiding principles, we lose one more star in the sky to guide us by.

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The December 2009 CCC Blog Carnival

Posted on 06 December 2009 by Editor

Welcome to the December 2009 edition of the Carnival of Conservative Conversations.

As always, for our monthly Blog Carnival we select articles from a wide range of topics and expressing a broad range of opinions. This month is no exception. Below you will find opinions, short editorials, commentaries and full articles on a variety of current topics.

In addition to posting to our monthly Blog Carnival, we encourage you to submit your articles directly to our editor for possible posting on our site well in advance of the next carnival. Please submit your articles, together with any specific attribution requirements and photograph by emailing our editor at editor@nakedliberty.com

smrtas1 presents the following articles, posted at Conservative Patriot HQ

Pelosi Pushes for Tort Reform?

3 Billion Reasons to Distrust House Health Care Reform Bill

Alternative Healthcare Reform Bill Would Save $1.7 Trillion

Glenn Beck Reveals the Plan

Scientists Supressing Facts Against Global Warming

Scott Spiegel presents the following articles,  posted at Scott Spiegel.

Obama Decision not to Campaign in Upstate New York Hands Unexpected Win to Democrat

Obama Approves Troop Increase in Southern District of New York

Cheating the Political Death Panel

A Miscellany of Climategate Scenarios That Will Not Appear

U.S. Common Sense presents the following articles, posted at U.S. Common Sense,

The government and your home – Examining the benefits of the Home Affordable Modification Program and the First-time Home Buyer Tax Credit and debating which one is more beneficial to the taxpayer.

Nigel Coleman: idiot – Nigel Coleman is planning to burn the effigies of Pelosi and Perriello next weekend. This article explains why I think he’s an idiot.

Republican “Purity” Test? – Questioning the logic behind the RNC’s “purity” test, as well as providing my two cents on their ten-item list.

The Refounding Father presents the following articles,  posted at The Refounding Father.

Better Than Expected Economic Growth in 2010?

The Refounding Father: 9/11 Terriorists To Explain Why The Hijackers Flew Planes into the WTC & Pentagon

Tony Alexander presents:

From the Desk of “SoJ” November Edition: “Freedom” posted at The Soul of Japan, saying, “could you submit this for November 1st?”

John Prothro presents:

LastingLiberty.com – Timeless Voices – Bigger Than Healthcare posted at Obama Takes Over the Hundred Acre Wood, saying, “Economist Joseph Schumpeter shows that recent actions by the federal government are bigger than straightforward policy votes. Excessive borrowing and inflationary spending are not simply about stimulating our economy. Health care “reform” is not simply about expanding access. Both are government power grabs that represent further socialization of our country.”

muse presents:

Making Sense Out Of Obama’s New Health Plan Law posted at Shiloh Musings, saying, “Obama wants to milk expats.”

Mark J. Donovan presents:

The Silent Majority Will Save the United States posted at Home Addition, saying, “This article suggests that the silent majority will prevail in preventing the democratic socialist government from enslaving our children in debt and euthanizing our senior citizens.”

David Gross presents:

The Picket Line — 12 November 2009 posted at The Picket Line, saying, “The history and lore of strategic and conscientious tax resistance begins to surface amongst American conservatives.”

DWSUWF presents:

The University of East Anglia Climatic Research Unit’s New & Improved Scientific Method posted at Divided We Stand United We Fall, saying, “One document escaped the purloined University of East Anglia Climatic Research Unit data leak. I have reverse engineered the CRU Scientific Methodology from the procedures documented in the e-mails and code. The New & Improved Scientific Methodology used to prove Anthropogenic Global Warming can now be revealed.”

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of carnival of conservative conversations using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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