Benefits Of Limited Government

While Conservatives and Liberals take shots at each other, a uniquely American political philosophy has been slowly gaining more strength. Libertarianism has grasped the imagination of an increasing number of people. As the Government encroaches on the liberties of more and more people, Libertarianism is where many people are turning for answers. What exactly are the advantages to the limited and restricted government philosophies espoused by Libertarians?

Its been said that many people’s perspective on history is pretty much focused around the time of their lives. Add in the dumbing down of the public education system and the ideas and debates of the Founding Fathers are not a topic many people are familiar with. The U.S. Constitution,the Federalist Papers and the arguments that raged around their conception are not well known by most people. Yet the principles and ideas that were eventually embraced following these debates gave birth to not only the most free and powerful nation on earth but also the most benevolent and generous.

In a time of increasing political unrest its important to realize what makes the United States so great. With so much information flowing through our society it’s important to read and study as much as possible. Having and accepting more responsibility for our actions is a primary philosophy for Libertarians and results in a stronger informed citizen. The less government involvement in the affairs of its citizens leads to more freedom to succeed or fail. Writings by F.A. Hayek and Milton Freidman discuss how less involvement by the government leads not only to a more reliant, informed and free citizen but also a stronger and vibrant economy.

It’s important people can see how we came about the many rights we enjoy today, how unique they are and most importantly how fragile they can be. Reading the Federalist papers and the Anti-Federalist Papers are excellent ways to understand the formation and relationship of citizens with their government. In the United States the Founding Fathers had a strong suspicion of governments turning to tyranny and therefore put many restrictions on the U.S. government. This restricted or limited approach to government has not only lead to U.S. citizens enjoying an unprecedented amount of freedom and prosperity, but it has also enabled the U.S. to be a force for good in the world.

Free speech, the right to assemble and private property are just a few of the rights enjoyed by Americans that are not enjoyed by a large chunk of the world. Throughout the world countries with more freedom have frequently been helped by the U.S.A. Amazingly, today in the U.S. and other parts of the world individual and economic liberties are under assault. The Cato Institute, Heritage Foundation and numerous other resources are available to help people not only learn the importance of the American experience but also to move forward in regaining the rights we’ve lost and retaining the ones we still have.…

10 Advantages of Having a Big Circle of Friends

Introduction

People have different specifications when it comes to choosing their friends. Some people like to have a lesser number of close friends while others prefer to have a wider circle of friends. When you have a wider friend circle, you tend to have shallow relations with them as you can’t devote more time towards each one to develop strong bonds. These preferences in effect show how diverse the mindsets of the people are and the efforts they put to keep their friendships intact. In this article, we would be looking at the 10 advantages of having a big circle of friends.

1. If you have a larger friends circle, you tend to get breaking news about things happening across the geographical barriers in no time.

2. You tend to stay informed on any topic that is of immediate interest to you. Only you need to contact the right person you know to get to the fine details about the things you wanted to know.

3. When you are on the move, you might get the information about the destination you want to go. This would help you to get ready in advance.

4. If you have a large number of friends, you can avail their hospitalities when you visit different places. Hence, larger the circle, the more chances are there for you to find suitable accommodation free of cost.

5. If you want to get some government services availed, you can seek the help of a friend from the concerned department. This is possible only when you have friends working in government departments in your circle of friends.

6. If you are absent for a day or two from the classes due to illness, you can seek the help of your friends to cover the topics covered in those days.

7. You can organize events with the help of your friends so that you get the required money and support for them.

8. During the bad times, you can count on your friends for moral support and seek some help from them. The transition through this lean period would be smooth if you have support from friends and relatives.

9. When any medical emergency occurs and you need financial support, you can count on your closely knit circle of friends to mobilize money. Of course, you can pay back the amount when you get some reprieve.

10. You can pool your vehicles for daily commutation to the office so that you can save money on transport. This can happen only when you have willing friends in the circle. Larger the circle, more likely you find a friend with such a mentality.…

Special Education Has Changed Over Time

Special education has been assisting students with learning disabilities in the United States education system since the end of World War II. The first push for special education started when a group of parent-organized advocacy groups surfaced. In 1947 one of the first organizations, the American Association on Mental Deficiency, held its first convention. That marked a starting point for special education as we know it today.

Started during the Civil Rights Movement in the early 1950s, the United Cerebral Palsy Association, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and John F. Kennedy’s Panel on Mental Retardation were among an increased amount of advocacy groups for assisted learning programs. This strong push helped bring special education into schools across the country in the 1960’s as school access was established for children with disabilities at state and local levels.

The parent advocacy groups dating back to 1947 laid the ground floor for government legislation being approved by Congress in 1975 that was called the “Education for All Handicapped Children Act” (Public Law 94-142). This act went into effect in October of 1977 and it was the beginning for federal funding of special education in schools nationwide. The act required public schools to offer “free appropriate public education” to students with a wide range of disabilities, including “physical handicaps, mental retardation, speech, vision and language problems, emotional and behavioral problems, and other learning disorders.”

The law from 1977 was extended in 1983 to offer parent training and information centers. Later in 1986 the government started programs targeting youngsters with potential learning disabilities. The Act from 1975 was changed to the “Individuals with Disabilities Education Act” (IDEA) in 1990. Since establishment of IDEA more than 6.5 million children and 200,000+ toddlers and infants are being assisted each year.

Special education in schools often unintentionally overlooks a key aspect of why students suffer from learning disabilities. The reasons for common learning disabilities are weak cognitive skills. Studies show that 80{512b763ef340c1c7e529c41476c7e03bc66d8daea696e1162822661d30dde056} of students enrolled in special education at some level suffer from underlying weak cognitive skills. Cognitive skills are the mental capabilities that one needs to successfully learn academic subjects. In more detail cognitive skills are learning skills used to retain information; process, analyze, and store facts and feelings; and create mental pictures, read words, and understand concepts. They are not to be confused with academic skills which would include subjects like math, science, or history.

Proper testing to identify these weak cognitive skills will help quality learning centers put together a plan of action to strengthen them. This sort of training will last a lifetime. By not targeting the cognitive skills a student will struggle for the rest of their life until they are trained properly. It is highly recommended that you get your child tested at a learning training center that provides cognitive testing. Once tested a personal, unique training program can be developed for your child to overcome their learning disability.…

The Politics Of The American Dream

The American Dream is the promise to have it all and enjoy it all. It’s been glorified and sentimentalized as a utopian goal not just by the media and Hollywood stars, but also by businesses and politicians, including the President of the United States. But in reality, the American Dream is becoming more and more like the ‘Impossible Dream.’ Today, many Americans believe that their odds of winning the lottery are better than attaining the American Dream.

Originally the American Dream concept was born out of lack and a genuine need for security shortly after the Great Depression and WW2. Because jobs were scarce, the greatest aspiration for most Americans was securing steady employment and owning their own home. As a result, work ethic and integrity were very strong. The focus was on a wholesome values system, family and community, all of which created pride, real prosperity and real joy. However, over time the same prosperity which resulted from being a nation of producers, also created a nation of consumers, driven not by need but rather by the desire to ‘keep up with the Jones’s.’

Today, the American Dream is more of a marketing concept, whereby Madison Avenue and government alike, have convinced people that they have to have a certain standard of living (such as a second home, a vacation in Europe, expensive jewelry and other ‘toys’) in order to be happy and fulfilled. Even the Christmas holiday has lost its original meaning and has become highly commercialized.

In other words, we’ve been brainwashed to believe that, ‘He with the most toys lives,’ rather than ‘He with the most joys lives.’ By taking on even higher amounts of personal debt, Americans are more stressed out and less optimistic and fulfilled then ever before despite their high standard of living. That’s because ‘toys’ (material goods), without purpose and a wholesome values system, only produce an artificial joy that is as fleeting as it is cruel.

The American Dream as we know it, is no longer something that is born out of need and lack but rather out of greed and desire. Therefore, it does not represent the true spirit of America, which was based on perspiration, innovation, risk and reward with the focus on a wholesome values system, integrity, family, community and a strong work ethic.

From an Enron economy and huge government deficits, to our failing educational system and the break down of the family system (where kids are left home alone to grow up with their peers, gangs and TV), practically every facet of our lives is negatively effected by the pursuit of materialism, which is a by-product of the American Dream. In a materialistic-driven society where there is an obsession with fame and fortune and winning at all costs, the prevailing wisdom is to do what’s politically correct, rather than doing what’s in the best interest of the community. And when the intoxicating love of power overcomes the power of love, it’s easy to see why absolute …

What Is Normal In Today’s Society?

What is normal really? If you think about it in today’s society what really is normal? Is being a blonde normal or a brunette? What about your height? Is that normal? Think about your background for a moment, is that normal? There is so much that goes into just one person’s life story and how they got to where they are today, how can we classify anyone as being “normal.”

We all grew up in a society where most of us went to school, had peer pressure, and even parental influences in our life to be “normal.” But when you think about it there really is no normal. We are all different and unique energetic beings on this planet. We have all had different background growing up, different families, look differently, sound differently, and act differently. So why is there this pressure to be normal?

Society today has influenced multiple generations into this complexity in our life. It has placed the emphases on not being an individual but rather on being like other people. Do you have the latest clothes, hairstyle, car, gadgets? If you do then society says you fit in with others and are “normal” and if you don’t you are considered “weird” or “different.” But the wondrous thing about life is that we are all this way! We are all unique in our own right, and this is what the “normal” is for us. It isn’t about the material things in life, but rather it is about understanding that you are perfect just the way you are.

Think about it, was there every a time in your life when you didn’t feel normal or you thought if only I was normal. The normal is understanding that everyone is different and loving yourself for who you are. You have a perfect soul at your core and that you are unique in your own right.…