American Constitution Discussion Group meeting The Conservative Forum sponsors discussion group meetings separate from our regular monthly meetings for interested members. Attendance is free but those attending are encouraged to make a purchase from the Pizza Parlor. Issue: American Constitution Time: 7:00PM Date: Fourth Monday of each month Where: Round Table Pizza, 4400 Stevens Creek, San Jose, 95129 (West of Kiely Blvd.) Discussion Group Leader: Ray Strong Date: November 28, 2011 Topic: In September and October we studied the principles of government that we could extract from the Declaration of Independence. In short form, these principles are (1) the sole purpose of government is to protect individual rights, (2) government power is only justified by the consent of the governed, and (3) our government should be a peer to other governments. In October we talked about the extent to which these principles were implemented in the US Constitution. In November we will discuss the extent to which these principles distinguished the US from other countries over the course of its history, and whether we can attribute economic effects to the forms in which these principles were realized. We'll rely on the historians in our group to compare the US to other countries over the last two hundred twenty-two years. In particular, we will compare the US to England, France, Canada, and Mexico, to see if we can draw conclusions about the effects of implementing our principles of government.