Posts Tagged ‘James Madison’

Essential To Sociocultural Viability: A Belief in God

March 29, 2013

Essential To Sociocultural viability: A Belief in God

I have read extensively on the rise and decline of sociocultures.

The most central factor associated with the rise of a socioculture is a strong and organizing belief in God. The resulting advantages to the society and culture appear to be the adoption of a moral code that organizes and regularizes prosocial behavior. This strengthens trust amongst the population, which in turn aids cooperation among citizens and efficiencies in commerce.

A uniting faith in God also motivates the population to teach their faith to their children and to also naturally acculturate the children in the ways of their beloved society that has been blessed into strong existence by God.

A haunting historical observation is that when previously successful sociocultures enter relative modernity they tend to lose faith in God, the culture weakens and moral behavior dispates into chaos. Concurrently, the population becomes less civil, it becomes less fertile, and it ages into ineffectualness.

As with the aging person, nothing works as well as it once did and in time he or she is taken down by one, or a combination, of any number of common maladies.

None of this should be considered new news.

 VTM, 3/29/13

 
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“The belief in a God All Powerful wise and good, is so essential to the moral order of the world and to the happiness of man, that arguments which enforce it cannot be drawn from too many sources nor adapted with too much solicitude to the different characters and capacities impressed with it.”

James Madison, letter to Frederick Beasley, 1825

Huck on American History

May 15, 2012

Huck on American History

I recieved this comment from my old submarine mate, Huck. It is worth your time to read and tell to your children. I wish our school kids all knew and understood this information. They do not, from all that I can tell.

The following is a direct quote of my mate, Howard Hawkins (Huck).

VTM, 5/15/12

James Madison was one of three (3) men who wrote the Federalist Papers between 1787 and 1788 supporting the ratification of the U.S. Constitution which was and did finally replace the then existing Articles of Confederation.The other men were John Jay and Alexander Hamilton…there were a total of 85 papers written.

I think it important to deposit this history of information because of its impact on the early development of our Government.These men were very instrumental in getting the States to ratify the U.S.Constitution.

They were brilliant individuals who knew and understood the significance of a new form of governing never before implemented in the then existing world countries. This new government…a Republic not a Democracy was to give major power,rule to the States and individuals and limit the central body,i.e.the Federal Government in the dispensing of power and control.

If you take the time to read history,and familiarize yourself’s with how the Federal Government is governing today Madison’s comment rings loud and clear….we are losing our freedoms by silent encroachment of those in power now-”WAKE UP AMERICA”,otherwise the CANDY MAN will SOON become your JAILER.

James Madison Warned Us About President Obama

May 14, 2012

James Madison Warned Us About President Obama

VTM, 5/14/12

Founder's Quote Daily

“There are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.” –James Madison, speech to the Virginia Ratifying Convention, 1788


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It’s The Morality–Stupid!

December 5, 2011

It’s The Morality–Stupid!

 

Founder's Quote Daily

“The belief in a God All Powerful wise and good, is so essential to the moral order of the world and to the happiness of man, that arguments which enforce it cannot be drawn from too many sources nor adapted with too much solicitude to the different characters and capacities impressed with it.” –James Madison, letter to Frederick Beasley, 1825


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The teaching and learning of a strong moral code is the bedrock of a Democratic Republic. Without this, I believe, nothing can save it from decline.  I will soon do a series of postings with the topic of moral behavior as my focus. This series will be composed of excerpts from a book that I am writing.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D.,  12/5/11

Are We Acting A Farce?

September 16, 2011

Are We Acting A Farce?

VTM, 9/16/11

Founder's Quote Daily

“We are either a United people, or we are not. If the former,
let us, in all maters of general concern act as a nation, which have national
objects to promote, and a national character to support. If we are not, let us
no longer act a farce by pretending to it.” –George Washington, letter to James
Madison, 1785

Pulbic Virtue

May 5, 2011

Public Virtue

What is the counter argument for the following?

VTM,  5/5/11

Founder's Quote Daily

“If individuals be not influenced by moral principles; it is in vain to look for public virtue; it is, therefore, the duty of legislators to enforce, both by precept and example, the utility, as well as the necessity of a strict adherence to the rules of distributive justice.” –James Madison, in response to Washington’s first Inaugural address, 1789


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“A Subject Of The Governer Of The Universe”

September 10, 2010

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“It is the duty of every man to render to the Creator such homage, and such only, as he believes to be acceptable to him. This duty is precedent both in order of time and degree of obligation, to the claims of Civil Society. Before any man can be considered as a member of Civil Society, he must be considered as a subject of the Governor of the Universe.” –James Madison, A Memorial and Remonstrance, 1785

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VTM, 9/10/10

States Rights

July 28, 2010

States Rights

The State of Arizona has a right to protect its borders when the Federal Government will not.

The following quote by James Madison is provided by Founders Quote Daily. VTM

“The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite.” –James Madison, Federalist No. 45

Madison on Democracies

May 20, 2010

Madison on Democriacies 

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“[D]emocracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security, or the rights of property; and have, in general, been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths.” –James Madison, Federalist No. 10, 1787

Well, as far as the life-spans of sociocultures go, two centuries is not long. Mr. Madison appears to be describing our current condition fairly well. God forbid the “violent death” part!

Remember, in a democracy, the voting citizens are likely to get exactly what they deserve.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D.   5/20/10

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Keeping Politicians Virtuous

April 11, 2010

Keeping Politicians Virtuous

Thanks, Huck, for bringing the following to my attention.

Founder's Quote Daily

“The aim of every political constitution is, or ought to be, first to obtain for rulers men who possess most wisdom to discern, and most virtue to pursue, the common good of the society; and in the next place, to take the most effectual precautions for keeping them virtuous whilst they continue to hold their public trust.” –James Madison, Federalist No. 57

VTM  4/11/10


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