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Principles

April 1, 2009
Neal Ross
3/31/2009

Imagine you packed the family into the car and decided to drive cross country to see some long forgotten relative, or maybe one of our national parks. As you fired the engine up, you just said, as you pointed off in the distance, I think that we are going to be driving that direction. No maps, no guidance, just your gut instinct.

That would be pretty foolish, wouldn’t it. For all you knew you could be heading towards Canada, when you wanted to head towards Florida. You would need a map, or possibly one of those new fangled GPS devices to provide you with the guidance to get to your destination, wouldn’t you?

That same concept applies to us, as individuals, as well as a nation. To get to our destination, we need some sort of guidance, a map so to speak, to get us were we are going. Since there is no Rand McNally Roadmap available, we need to rely upon something else to make sure we stay on course. Our guide, therefore, must be found in certain principles.

Principles are defined as; 1) a basic assumption: an important underlying law or assumption required in a system of thought, or 2) ethical standard: a standard of moral or ethical decision-making.

As a country, to get to where we want to go, we must first understand the path we are on, then we must look back to our beginnings. Only then can we understand how we got to the point we are at today.

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