What do fundamental principles and civil liberties have in common?

I am just looking for feedback on this topic that I have heard discussed before.

If a person chooses to use cannabis, if they are not harming anyone else’s life, liberty or property, is that part of what the founding fathers designed for this country, and her furture generations?

Toby Nixon of WA recently discussed Fundamental Principles before a Senate hearing on SB 5615. 

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=764ExC7YTqM&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]

http://xcannabis.com/2009/02/senate-bill-5615/
I found a definition on the net that gives a lot of historical and legal information on the topic of Fundamental Principles.

http://www.rockingham.k12.va.us/JFHMS/principles.htm

This is the best definition I could find so far.  But I encourage, neh..  Challenge you to research other POV’s also!

Our government is based on five major principles: 

·        Consent of the governed—People are the source of any and all governmental power.

               “No man is good enough to govern another man without that other’s consent.”  Abe Lincoln

·        Limited government—Government is not all-powerful and may do only those things people have given it the power to do.

               “There is nothing more corrupting…than the exercise of unlimited power.”  William Henry Harrison

·        Rule of law—The government and those who govern are bound by the law.

               “Power in human hands will ever be liable to abuse.”  James Madison

·        Democracy—In a democratic system of government the people rule.

               “’We the people’ tell the government what to do, it doesn’t tell us.”  Ronald Reagan

·        Representative government—In a representative system of government people elect public officeholders to make laws and conduct government on their behalf.

               “Officeholders are the agents of the people, not their masters.”  Grover Cleveland

 

Does this apply to other areas in our lives, other than Cannabis?   As I have recently discovered, being a mid-wife is itself a felony charge.  And yet this practice goes back to Exodus in the Bible, and is a very safe and useful service.  Yet it’s a FELONY in most states in the US?  

These fundamental principles ought to be used as the reading glasses of United States laws and policies.  Never should we have a federation dictating laws to our states, thus taking the will away from “We the people!”.

I support the National Iniative for Democracy.  Read up on this proposal, it makes a lot of sense to me, both on a historical, and legal basis, but clearly on a moral basis!


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