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  • Paul Kolberg

Shut down and shut off?

Shut down or shut off? Image: The White House. Photo Credit:

The politicians elected by the people of the United States of America, find that as of today, they have at least four pressing issues in respect of which, they are compelled to make important decisions namely:

  1. DACA

  2. The Budget

  3. The building of a wall along the border with its neighbour Mexico – and related security issues.

  4. Immigration

The current Government’s ‘shut down’ has arisen because everyone has ‘shut off’ from the founding principles of 'The Declaration of Independence' (or: The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America). It is worth reminding ourselves of those principles.[i]

According to the Founding Fathers, the inspiration and source of the Constitution was the Creator. The unalienable ‘rights’ of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, are endowed from and by the Creator. They are not man-made rights. They should be respected accordingly.

Any decision affecting such ‘rights’ must be directed towards fulfilling those ‘rights’. To get to the right decision, it is necessary for each voter and elected representatives to have a Q&A with the Creator.[ii]

Q. What would you do here?

A. I would do whatever ensures that all those affected by your decision will enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?

Q. What is meant by life in this context?

A. The same as liberty and happiness.

Q. Can you explain?

A. They are all interconnected. Liberty and happiness are an essential part of true life and vice versa. Life is not simply existing, though clearly that is a pre-requisite!

Q. What do you mean by ‘true life’?

A. I mean a life lived without fear?

Q. How do I live without fear?

A. By striving first to be connected to me. By not being concerned with the consequences of your decisions. You simply have to try and do what is right.

Q. How do I do that?

A. By fully understanding and doing two things.

Q. What are those two things?

A. Firstly, recognise that everything, absolutely everything in the universe owes its existence to me, the Creator. Your Founding Fathers recognised that the self-evident and unalienable ‘rights’ were ‘endowed’ (given) by me, the Creator. Appreciate that and have the humility to understand that the world was not created by me for you just one person. It is for everyone to share. All men – including women of course. There is more than enough for everyone to have all their material needs fully satisfied.

Q. And the second?

A. Secondly, whatever you desire for yourself, desire for everyone else. Because that is what you would hope and expect someone to do for you. I am abundance. I have created abundance and I am sharing it. You are created in my image and you too can create and share the abundance that has been given to you.

Q. But how do these things ensure living without fear?

A. The Founding Fathers recognised that life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are gifts from me. History is littered with instances of nations forgetting this and suffering the consequences. I did not cause their destruction. They did because they did not heed these two pieces of advice. I did not want that to happen. But the right that I gifted was the right to pursue happiness, not to be given it. Happiness must be earned to be appreciated. That is true of everything in life. You appreciate what you have to work for. What is also true is that true happiness is not found in things, but in the pursuit of the two pieces of advice. Everyone that has followed this advice lives without fear since they live connected to me. And I fear nothing and no one.

The Founding Fathers not only knew and believed this to be true, they founded America (the ideal) on that basis, and had the courage to act accordingly. They saw the bigger picture.

If American citizens believe that their chosen representatives do not honour the fundamental principles laid out by the Founding Fathers, they should apply the same decision-making process to themselves, as I outline above. All voting citizens should hold themselves to the same standards as those they elect.

The founding Fathers recognised that this was the right thing, since the citizens could take appropriate steps to change those in who it entrusted to achieve the founding principles.

‘That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to affect their safety and happiness.’

The right to vote is a privilege and must be utilized with care and respect, and with the above in mind.

Paul Kolberg

January 2018

[i] See: The Declaration of Independence -

[ii] ‘The ‘thing’, invisible energy, power, person, universal law, your higher self, God or whatever epithet you wish to apply to the ultimate source of everything.

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