Must see video
I really enjoyed and appreciated the first few minutes of this video where Yoram Ettinger (website http://www.theettingerreport.com/) is being interviewed. Here is a quote from him…
the whole idea behind life liberty and the pursuit of happiness goes back to the old testament which goes back to Exodus, is that liberty is god given it’s not human given
Pt1-The Exodus Conspiracy-Upcoming Motion Picture
It is great to get a second witness to what I’ve been saying for sometime. I did learn something new about Federal. Cool! see below. I also added some definitions from my website www.MyHebrewBible.com
Definition: Rights that emanate from CGUR (Creator Given Unalienable Rights).
Commentary: If CGUR are articulated in Torah, and these rights are only given to Israel, then ones American birthright ultimately traces back to their Israelite birthright. The first sentence of the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence states "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." The only place in history that one can have rights from the Creator is Exo 20 at Mt. Sinai.
Etymology of Federal
1640s, as a theological term (in reference to "covenants" between God and man), from French fédéral, an adjective formed from Latin foedus (genitive foederis) "covenant, league, treaty, alliance," from PIE *bhoid-es-, from root *bheidh- "to trust" (which also is the source of Latin fides "faith;" see faith).
Secular meaning "pertaining to a covenant or treaty" (1650s) led to political sense of "formed by agreement among independent states" (1707), from use of the word in federal union "union based on a treaty" (popularized during formation of U.S.A. 1776-1787) and like phrases. Also from this period in U.S. history comes the sense "favoring the central government" (1788) and the especial use of the word (as opposed to confederate) to mean a state in which the federal authority is independent of the component parts within its legitimate sphere of action. Used from 1861 in reference to the Northern forces in the American Civil War.
Definition: Acronym for Creator Given Unalienable Rights.
Commentary: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights. . ." This is the essence of the American birthright, and is what distinguishes us from all other nations.
Political Terms and Concepts
I love the contrast between these two terms.
Conservative, William F. Buckley
Definition: A political movement founded by William F. Buckley et. al. in the mid 1950’s. It was a coalition reacting to the liberal and leftist intellectuals who were dominate at that time.
Commentary: I think the most famous line uttered by WFB that describes my understanding of this definition can be seen by his famous saying "I stand atwart history yelling stop!" For a critique of and replace for this movement, see Conservative, Covenant.
Compare the previous term with this one that I made up and that I subscribe to.
Definition: A proposed movement based on the fundamental values of America, specifically CGUR found in the Declaration of Independence. This movement is first and foremost based on Law/Religion and secondly those things political. No discussion of something that is essentially a political question can be addressed unless it is in alignment with rights that come from the Creator. This movement differs from the WFB Conservatism in many ways. WFB Conservatism was for the most part a political coalition, and the things of law/religion were either secondary issues or tried to be resolved through political lenses. Any questions of law/religion were handled at best in a vague and abstract way.
Commentary: First off a fundamental question needs to be asked, what is it that conservatives are trying to conserve? To me it is to conserve the notion, founded in the Declaration of Independence, that all Americans ‘…are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed’. Therefore the duties and responsibilities first and foremost of all levels of Government, e.g. the United States Federal government, is to protect those rights.