?Implementing the "Christian" version of Sharia law? sounds like the freedom of choice is no longer there so my gut reaction is I would be opposed to it.
Your video provided very little gas on the fire for me shrug ; )
When people are no longer moral and religious, our Republic is no longer needed, no argument there. However our Founding Fathers gave us something far better than any previous society, in the history of the world.
I have heard that quote from Franklin before. I believe I heard it right as that atrocity named Universal Healthcare was passed.
I agree wholeheartedly with nearly everything you say about your assessment of our government. The Founding Fathers knew the government should be an agent of the people and protect our freedoms, not take them away.
However I just have a question about how you think GOD does not play a part in the moral character of a society. Wouldn't GOD have to play a part because that is why, for example, murder is universally recognized as being evil? I am not talking about defending your life or domain, in fact just the opposite. If a man and / or woman is walking down the street and they are confronted by someone who whishes them harm. Nearly all societies today recognize that there is nothing wrong with using the tools that are available to defend yourself and other innocent people.
Here is a great site I found that addresses the Founding Fathers and their stance on GOD, as they began this Republic.
Also, John Adams said the following about our country and notice his choice of adjective, I added emphasis, "Our Constitution was made ONLY for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."
There have been many, many people who I have come into direct contact with me who are NOT moral and religious people, even my own family. However I like to think of myself as vastly different than the majority of those people. Even the Republican candidates are decent people, but none of them encompass all of my Catholic ideals and that is a very, very sad fact.
Because I do not know and you have always struck me as someone who knows FAR more history than I do, what kind of property needed to be owned so that you could vote? How would it work for married couples today and how about a women?s right to vote play into the spectrum? I realize that property needed to be owned, but what if a married couple who share everything, would they not have the same rights?
You asked about "this need to satisfy every earthly consumptive individual demand as a right [where does it] come from?" My opinion would be that people think this world is the final, end all position. There is nothing beyond this life. So many people believe they have a selfish right to anything they have the slightest wish for. That is why people rarely work for things anymore. Society compounds this belief when you get little positive return when you pay cash for your car or house. Instead, your credit score climbs the more debt I incur. How the freak does that make any sense? I understand paying your debts off and all of that, but you cannot save money unless your cost of living etc. is all accounted for. As a Catholic I am called to suffer in portions of life, giving to others, fasting and loving those who hate me, etc.
What are your thoughts on how we should keep a Republic healthy? What are the needs of the public interest that the Founding Fathers worried about?