It's Your Time & Your Liberty

Spend time on this website if you're interested in freedom, liberty, justice, the constitution and that kind of stuff.

You can learn a good deal about those topics from what's here.

You can learn more from The Constellation of Liberty. A good deal of the material here is excerpted from that book.

If you like what's here, you really should buy the book, read it, and tell others about it.

Keep up the good fight for Liberty here in the good ol' US of A.


The Constellation of Liberty

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. . .Government of the people, for the people, by the people . . .

thy liberty in law . . .

Confirm thy soul in self control . . .

Government starts with each of us - with me - with you.

And that is a major thrust of the discussion in The Constellation of Liberty.

The constitution is often presented as an intricate, well-oiled machine that more or less automatically ensures good results.

A well-informed, actively involved Citizenry is a crucial part of that machinery.

Any change to make government better has to start among at the grass roots. Change will almost certainly never happen if we wait for it to start in Washington, D.C. Change is much more likely to start from the grassroots up.

The Constellation of Liberty places a great deal of emphasis on this idea. And that is part of what makes it different from other books about the constitution.

Another thing that makes it different from other books is its emphasis on individual responsibility, "rugged individualism", in the truest sense of that idea.

There are things in life that:

Officially, in its letter, the constitution prohibits interference in these areas by government officials in the performance of their duties.

Unofficially, in its spirit, the constitution allows, almost requires, legislation to prevent interference in these areas by private citizens.

Nobody should be expected to tolerate such interference, whatever the source.

The preceding list describes individual responsibilities. These individual responsibilities must be met at the individual level. The power to meet these individual responsibilities must reside at the individual level. The tenth amendment's " . . reserved . . . to the people" language supports this idea.

Observance of this principal is an aspect of "rugged individualism", personal responsibility.

This "rugged individualism", this personal responsibility, cannot be imposed from any central point.

For it to work, the people in general must freely choose to practice it.

To make that choice, first the people have to know it is an option that is open to them.

The Constellation of Liberty makes this point over and over again while showing how it relates to the Constitution.

The more widely that knowledge is shared and the more people who freely choose to observe it, the easier it will be for all of us to breathe free in our liberty.

That is why I wrote The Constellation of Liberty.

And that is why you should read it.

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Me on a March 16, 2011 Talk Show

Hear me talk about The Constellation of Liberty with Ernest Hancock March 16, 2011.

Click here to listen. Start at time index 2:40. Or, click here to see the whole page and visit the Freedom's Phoenix website.

Note: The archived version of this file is in a slightly different format. You have to wait for the entire 45 minute mp3 file to download before it will start. This may take a few minutes depending on your internet connection and computer. Also, the player has no time index. 9/30/2012


Free Stuff Available from dctreybil.com Site

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Potpourri

This section is to address in some detail questions or remarks raised elsewhere.

ClimateDebate on twitter.com

I was contacted by a user with this id on twitter.com. We had a brief and nice exchange. Climate issues are addressed in The Constellation of Liberty under the following headings:

Science and Religion Revisited - the Difference
Precision and Accuracy
Tree Ring Data as a Basis for Historical Temperature Measurement
Two Billion Tons
Every 1/4th Mile
Weather Modeling
Summary of Climate Change "Science"
These headings fall well after the end of the free sample. Sorry! Most people interested in the issue of climate change will be familiar the at least some of this information. What may be new is how this relates to the constitution.

Click Free Climate Debate Sample to read the related text in The Constellation of Liberty.


Rights, Natural Rights, Bill of Rights, Exception(s) to power, etc.

This section grows out of some on-line exchanges between me and CurOfDemocracy on twitter. If you click Currency of Democracy Talk Show and watch time index 1:27 to 2:12, you'll the comments he made about rights that led to our exchanges.

In our exchanges about this segment, he distinguished between rights and the bill of rights. This had never occurred to me.

At any rate, each of the articles in the Bill of Rights is expressed or described as an exception to power(s) of the federal government in The Constellation of Liberty.

The related entries in the table of contents are shown below:

The Bill of Rights
Amendment I
	Amendment I and the Declaration
	Legislative Proscriptions Regarding Religion
	The So-Called Wall of Separation
	Defining the term Religion
	Abridging the Freedom of . . .
	Incorporation
Amendment II
	With All Three Commas
	Qualifying or Prefaratory Text
	With Second Comma Only
Amendment III
Amendment IV
	Incorporation
Amendment V
	Amendment V and the Declaration
	The Constellation of Liberty and Native Justice
	Amendments I and II and the Constellation of Liberty
	Amendment V, Mayor Ray Nagan and Hurricane Ike
	Amendment V and the Constellation of Liberty Revisited
	Amendment V and Corruption of Blood
	Just Compensation
	Amendment V - Summary
Amendment VI
	Amendment VI and the Declaration
	previously ascertained by law
	speedy and public trial
	Hamlet and speedy and public trial
	speedy and public trial - on the other hand
	Assistance of Counsel for his defence
	informed of the nature and cause of the accusation
	to be confronted with the witnesses against him
	Amendment VI - Summary
Amendment VII
Amendment VIII
Amendment X
	powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution
	nor prohibited by it to the States
	are reserved to the States respectively
	or to the people
	Amendment X - Summary
Amendment IX
Bill of Rights - Summary

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Links

In no particular order, here are links to various sites active in pursuit of Liberty:

Barefoot's World Long, long ago (2 houses and 3 or maybe 4 computers back), I found Barefoot's World. Life, liberty and pursuit of happiness are personal. So is this site. 'nuff said.

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Ammo.net An individual associated with this site was interested enough to visit my site and browse for almost an hour. Afterwards he contacted me with a very nice email. Hence this link. I almost put it at the top, but I don't think I'll ever put any other site before Barefoot Bob.

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Constitution SocietyThis site is maintained by Jon Roland, a candidate for Texas Attorney General in 2010, and has been around forever. It is a well-known and respected site with useful resources, tests (recently added) and a discussion forum.

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Kent for LibertyKent for Liberty Kent offers a few books on liberty each of which, as compared to The Constellation of Liberty is mercifully brief while at the same time entertaining, inspiring and informative.

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Libertarian RepublicansLibertarian Republicans Site features current news articles of interest to folk with Libertarian leanings plus an open blog where you can comment on articles posted.

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Josh Davisjbdavis-productions.net Josh is active on twitter as @CurOfDemocracy He has an internet talk channel on liberty issues.

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Freedom's PhoenixFreedom's Phoenix Ernest Hancock has his Declare Your Independence talk radio show and a site with related news articles.

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Complete LibertyComplete Liberty Webmaster is also active on twitter. Site has libertarian content.

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Freedomain RadioFreedomain Radio Webmaster (Stefan Molyneux) is active on twitter. This site has wide-ranging content extending into the sphere of philosophy.

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Geoffrey Allan Plauché Webmaster is Political Science PhD, adjunct Instructor at Buena Vista University. Father, husband, political philosopher, sci-fi fan, also active on twitter.

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SWGASW GA Politics SW Georgia political issues viewed from a libertarian prospective.

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jon midnight beachJon's Netizen Webpage This site has been around forever. At one time it had links to the bills of rights for all 50 states, though I don't find that now.

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History's Garbage DumpHistory's Garbage Dump Blogmeister serves in military and addresses, among other things, a Band of Brothers character. FASTAC_6's writings demonstrate a very sound understanding of the Constitution.

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Amendment XTenth Amendment Center As suggested by its name, site content addresses current issues with strong emphasis on the tenth amendment.

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www.freedompolitics.comFreedom Politics Site was founded in January 2009 with the stated mission "to advance human liberty" while keeping "individual liberty and the individual responsibility that entails" in mind.

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Talk Radio 990 Right-leaning talk radio from Southern Pines, NC also available on the web.

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The Amateur Economist This site contains comments from an "Amateur Economist" as does The Constellation of Liberty

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The Memory Hole Site has an assortment of links that is frankly better than this assortment, but oddly, no contact info.

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Against Politics I suppose what made me decide to link to this site was an article titled A Positive-Sum Game Against Nature. Site has a great deal of interesting literature that strikes me on first take as highly credible.

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U. S. Constitution Online Long-established site with many useful resources related to the Constitution for the United States of America, including moderated discussion forums.

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Glenn Woiceshyn, Writer Webmaster is a person disatisfied enough with public "education" to do something about it.

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Devvy Kidd Power Interesting site with on-line booklets, etc. regarding how surfer (you) can become part of a solution to the current situation.

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The Blue Pete (flag) Site Webmaster is of the view that "that the state of society has come fast upon an obstruction, a collectivist obstruction, which the political dreamers amongst us have created."

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Practical Freedom The Constellation of Liberty makes reference to "The Anti-Constitutionalist". This site is my source of information related to that.

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Critiques Of Libertarianism Another site that has been around a very long time. As the logo indicates, the site maintained by an individual skeptical of libertianism. His site is devoted to criticising libertarianism in a credible, fair and responsible manner. Keep your thoughts balanced. Read pro and con literature.

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Firearms & Liberty If you zoom in on the logo for this site, you'll see their quote goes to both health care and second amendment issues.

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People Before Lawyers Hub of a web ring (I didn't know those things were still around!) with 13 member sites devoted to legal reform and education at a grass-roots level.

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Strike the Root The Constellation of Liberty alludes to this quote from Thoreau, though not specifically to this site.

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Freedom Keys Site cites numerous sources with interesting quotes on liberty and freedom - quotes I wish I had thought of first!

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Liberty Maven(s) Assorted articles, interviews, bio's, and video clips related to liberty.

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Worldwide news related to liberty.

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Igeldard Links, blog, radio show, etc. related to liberty.

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Liberty Activism Knowledge Repository The text of the icon says is all.

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Bonnie Kristian Includes a blog that is a political advice column - like a Dear Abby for younger activists. Expect the occasional Bible citation here.

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