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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
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Topic - John Locke
The Constitution doesn't grant us freedoms; it prohibits government from taking them
In his Second Treatise on Civil Government, John Locke wrote, "[t]his power to act according to discretion without the prescription of the law, and sometimes even against it, is that which is called prerogative there is a latitude left to the executive power, to do many things of choice which the laws do not prescribe."
Today's the day Americans groove on a diet of hot dogs and belly wash, marvel at the fireworks lighting the night sky and reflect, if only a little, on all America has achieved.
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Charles R. Kesler is a nationally renowned professor of politics who has benefited from the tutelage of some great teachers. William F. Buckley is said to have discovered Mr. Kesler at the tender political age of 16, when the teen sent a well-beyond-his-years letter to the flame-spotting editor.
Today is the day when Americans chomp hotdogs, watch fireworks and rightfully reflect on all this great nation has achieved. The occasion naturally stirs up patriotic sentiment for everything that makes the Unites States a better place to live than anywhere else, such as the rule of law, individual sovereignty in the form of a vote, and respect for civil liberties.
In "Rush to Judgment," the most prescient evaluation of the presidency of George W. Bush comes from Gil Troy, a history professor at McGill University in Canada. Mr. Troy told the author, "One of the biggest challenges in assessing Bush's presidency is the fact that his greatest achievement may have been a negative one - preventing a repeat of 9/11."
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When it comes to the right of one to practice and worship in his own way, there is no disputing that the United States is more tolerant than most countries. But should it be tolerant of religions that advocate violence and malice toward other human beings?
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In his Second Treatise on Civil Government, John Locke wrote, "[t]his power to act according to discretion without the prescription of the law, and sometimes even against it, is that which is called prerogative . . . there is a latitude left to the executive power, to do many things of choice which the laws do not prescribe."