3rd Carnival of Principled Government, A Memorial to Liberty
Welcome to the third edition of the Carnival of Principled Government. Last week, the Jewish people of the world celebrated the exodus from Egypt and their deliverance from slavery through the annual, commanded observance of the Passover meal.

The Seder plate is rich in symbolism, offering the participants a multi-sensory experience reminding them of the bitterness of slavery and the sweetness of deliverance. One of the difficulties we are having in the United States, I believe, is that we have forgotten our history. We have forgotten what we fought for in the Revolutionary War, what our founders argued for in the ratification process of our Constitution and the vision they had for our nation. Like Israel, we have looked at the world around us and said, "Give us a king to judge us." (1Samuel 8:6)

Highlighting this is a post from the Liberty Papers, Russian Censorship and American Liberty:
Culturally, we view freedom and our relationship with the state in a fundamentally different way than many other cultures, including that of Russia.
That is a perfect summary of the goals of this carnival and reinforces the need to understand our unique American history.

For those interested, Judy of Consent of the Governed is one of our participants this week and is Jewish. Her family celebrated Passover last week. I am only an interested observer, but I also enjoyed her son's post on the meanings of passover. The emphasis, like this carnival and the submissions, is on liberty.

The shankbone symbolizes the sacrifice of the passover lamb which allowed the angel of death to "pass over" the homes of the Israelites.

Our Declaration of Independence provides for us a reminder of our history in that it enumerates the grievances the colonies had against English rule. To secure the rights infringed upon, our founders drew up the Constitution as a limiting force on our government.

Rick Sincere offers an analysis of the Pope's new book criticizing the West for exploiting the Third World. Take time to read the older article he includes about the Hidden Causes of Third World Poverty. He raises some interesting issues which we can see even within our own borders with the forced redistribution of wealth.

Hell's Handmaiden takes a look at Bush's support of a proposed amendment regarding homosexual marriage in light of the Constitution.

Looking a little to the past and future, I took a look at some proposals by futurist Joseph Coates and his notions of rights compared to the more traditional American view in A new Bill of Rights.

Bitter herbs and vegetables signify the bitterness of slavery.

Reminding us of the bitterness of captivity comes a post from Solomon's House in which he shares his experience at a demonstration At Pharoah's Gate.
"Egyptians are becoming slaves or serfs. And there is no promised land for them to escape to!"
Judy from Consent of the Governed offers a look at some local Connecticut legislation which will curtail what private businesses are able to discuss in mandatory staff meetings.

What represents captivity more than a child trapped in a classroom? Susan of Corn and Oil presents Easy Out? and a look at compulsory education laws and the real roots of some of the difficulties of institutionalized learning.

The charoset (a mixture of apple, nuts, spices and wine) represents the mortar used by the Israelites to build the Egyptian structures, but also the sweetness of God's love. In the Seder meal I participated in, we ate the charoset atop the horseradish to symbolize how God can cover even the bitterness of slavery.

I'm a Pundit Too offers a bit of sweetness from our current administration through an effort for more accountability of how our tax dollars are used.

Looking forward to "deliverance" from some of the recent attacks our Constitution has undergone, Americans For Ron Paul Blog shares why he will be voting for Ron Paul. I'll admit that I'm a bit behind on presidential primaries at the moment, but I am intrigued by Ron Paul, and I have been enjoying previewing this blog.

Answering a common criticism of conservative Christians, Nathan of Church and State takes a look at how most of Christianity is not looking to establish a theocracy in America. This is a topic that interests me very much, as most of my readers probably could guess.

Thank you for visiting the Carnival of Principled Government. This week's was a little small due to the holiday, but that gives you the opportunity to savor each of the "dishes" offered. The next carnival is tentatively scheduled for April 23, with submissions due the 22. This, however, falls very close to my due date so may be postponed. If you are interested in hosting any time, please email me or leave a comment.

The photo of the Seder plate and basic information are from Temple Emanu-El.
The Jews Passover

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