The Shores of Tripoli



In the year 1800, Thomas Jefferson was the President of the United States (U.S.). He was a founding father of our fledgling nation, a principal author of the Declaration of Independence Now, he was the elected leader of a people who had severed ties with the most powerful empire on planet Earth. He was an intellectual, a philosopher, and as the third President, he carried into that office his boundless energy, his insatiable interest in discovery, and an obligation to show the world that democracy and the principles of republicanism were cornerstones of a new government that would stand the test of time. Liberal in his views, Jefferson harbored a moral obligation to influence the world’s leaders to advance the cause of human rights in their nations. He understood that the whole thing could come crashing down if he allowed the young unprepared nation to become ensnared in another major war. Jefferson understood that Americans got their independence because Great Britain was tied down in a world war, and because her enemies had banded against her, plus they generously allied with the American colonials. The year 1800 was different. America was alone now, vulnerable, and Great Britain was still the most powerful empire on Planet Earth.

A Nation Defined by Principles

One of the ways that a country established its standing among nations was for it to plant its flag at outposts within the borders of those nations. This practice was called diplomacy. A building, even a modest one, on a compound, that displayed a U.S. flag that snapped in the wind, promoted the image and ideals of the United States of America. An Ambassador of America occupied the diplomatic post, and he protected U.S. citizens and their interests in that country. The ambassador treated with the leader of the host nation on matters of importance to America’s President and the Congress.

American Ambassador William Eaton occupied the post in the city of Tunis, which was the capital of Tripoli, a Muslim nation established on the southern shore of the Mediterranean Sea, at the northern part of the continent of Africa. Ambassador Eaton was appointed to represent the leadership of President Jefferson, the laws passed by Congress, the principles (beliefs), and the strategic direction of the government of the United States. Eaton’s resources were few and his line of communication with the President and Congress was long. It took many months for letters to be sent by ship, read, discussed, debated, and then answered. A lot of things changed during the discourse of communications between an ambassador and the government of the United States in the year 1800.

A Nation in Debt

Eaton was a learned man, a graduate of Dartmouth University. He was blunt. Aged thirty-five years, he stood five feet and eight inches tall (tall for a man living in those times). He was principled, and that was a thing that President Jefferson learned about him. Ambassador Eaton’s principles profoundly affected his ability to discharge his duties. He saw everything as black or white, moral or immoral, Constitutional or outside of the principles of the Constitution. In other words, he very predictable, unbent, a powder keg in search of match. He was a decided risk to Jefferson’s presidency, and Jefferson did not know it until it was too late.

President Jefferson paid little attention to ambassadors who occupied posts at tiny nations. His mind was on the exploration of the vast territory that was west of the American continental east coast realm of the United States. He had his hands full trying to check the advancement of his principal political rival, Alexander Hamilton, the brilliant young Federalist. Most of all, he struggled to grow the economy of the United States, for he knew that starving people would lose faith in their government. He feared and worked diligently to prevent civil unrest that could lead to a popular revolt against and subversion of the democratic government that had been so bravely fought and won. Advancing the economy, in the form of worldwide sea commerce, was another way for the United States to establish itself as a great nation. By promoting seaborne commerce, the government created avenues for powerful citizens to accumulate wealth. The government could tax this growing wealth, and in this way the government got the means to expand democratic principles. It also got the means to pay off its enormous war debt to the nations that had supported the American people by lending treasure, supplies, and troops during the bid for independence.

The Pirates of Tripoli

Regrettably, there was an annoyance, a potential disruption to free sea commerce in the form of pirates who operated in the southern Mediterranian Sea. The Tripoli pirates sallied forth from the port of Tunis. They raided ships at sea, captured those ships, took their cargo, made slaves out of the passengers and crew, and they ransomed all of these things to the rightful owners, who then must decide to pay the ransom or let those things go. The pirates also offered an alternative to nations. A regular and generous tribute could be paid to the pirates in advance. The payment by a nation dissuaded the pirates from disrupting the shipping of that nation. In 1800, it was the decision of the U.S. Congress and President Jefferson to pay the tribute rather than to commit nearly all of the resources of the small U.S. Navy to fight with the pirates of Tripoli. While this was not a happy policy, Jefferson believed that it was necessary in order to be able to advance the American economy and to not risk getting our navy beat up by the pirates. Should the pirates whip the U.S. Navy, Great Britain or some other enterprising European nation might view the U.S. to be a chicken to be plucked. Besides, the European nations paid tribute to the pirates as well. They were focused on each other as the principle threat.

In 1800, it was Ambassador Eaton who had to present tribute regularly to the pirates at Tripoli, and Eaton was a principled man. Now that your appetite is whetted for a good story, I will tell you just a bit more. There is a reason why the U.S. Marine Corps hymn includes a line that states: “To the shores of Tripoli.” What did Ambassador Eaton, a principled man of New England, do that landed the U.S. in a fight and himself in an impossible contest between his moral beliefs and the strategic vision of President Jefferson? Find out by reading “The Pirate Coast,” a thrilling historical fiction novel written by Mr. Richard Zacks.

Prohibition Laws and Agency Regulations

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Depending on the longevity of one’s experience, the history of government’s inhumanity to man grows deeper. A person, who has lived through four score and seven years ago, may very well be similar to an individual hearing the Gettysburg Address at the time when Abraham Lincoln originally spoke those words. Eight-seven years is a long time, witnessing the Great Depression, World War II and every succeeding administration, which transformed the country from a Republic, into an Empire. Reflecting on the dramatic departure that took off under Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the course of the federal government has intensified in size and escalated in scope of intrusion.

Most people hardly give a second thought to this transition. Younger generations have lived their entire lives under the social welfare state. Understanding, much less experiencing, individual freedom is foreign to their way of life. Public rebellion and anti-social conduct has been a phrase of passage for many eras. However, most folks eventually grow up to the extent that they comprehend that life is not a beach and there is a high price paid to become a responsible American.

The sorry fact is that there are a diminishing number of conscientious and dependable neighbors, who act as solid citizens. Blaming the ills of society on elected officials alone ignores the systematic living organism that grows, when the political culture adopts authoritarian principles as the normal method of administration.

Labels put aside, all subjects of a national regime live under laws that establish prohibitions as a matter of course. When using the term Prohibition, the normal association is that of outlawing alcohol. Even cohorts of Carrie Nation have to admit that banning booze for moral reasons does not match the motive for repeal, because of the loss in tax revenue. Yet, Eliot Ness agents developed an untouchable culture of regulation, when lifting the ban became politically expedient.

What is a law? A simple definition is “The system of rules that a particular country or community recognizes as regulating the actions of its members and may enforce by the imposition of penalties.” For a more scholarly and legalize viewpoint, Black’s Law Dictionary is often the standard. However, the popular notion that a law is enforceable by some entity called “government” is an assumption based upon intimation and compliance.

By this interpretation, free will can be dangerous to your well being and safety, since some artificial body of professed authority deems that transgressions risk punishment. Therefore, it sounds like laws are prohibitive by nature. Notwithstanding, can a law be a positive enactment, for surely government authorities want to conquer the high moral ground, even when it has a foundation of quick sand.

California Government Public Documents

California Public Records

California Public Records

The California Public Records Act made it feasible for the entire populace to retrieve public files of the state. In this region, one can recover public data by the Office of the Attorney General of the California Department of Justice. You can make an inquiry about the said documents during business hours and you can anticipate the result of your request after 10 days beginning on the day you have submitted your petition. In the aforesaid agency’s website, you can ask for information regarding sex offenders, verify a business or a non-profit group, study about visa or immigration, apply for a public record, instigate a complaint or evaluate background history. If you want to delve into a specific criminal history, you must use the proper form and you must have an authorization prior to the release of the data you want. For faster outcome, you can probe into public records California.

One can perform an examination about the details on birth, death, marriage, divorce, criminal and court files. If the certificates you require are under the local authorities or can be regained from the Superior Court, chances are, you will not locate the same from the Department of Justice. In a case like this, the right thing to do is to visit the court which has jurisdiction over the case and you can forward your application.

There is an easy yet effective method to be able to get hold of a duplicate of the report you desire. First and foremost, you have to make your application during working hours. You can call the agency or forward your request through email to the Public Records Ombudsman. You have to remember that the waiting period is about 10-14 days before you will get hold of the file you need. You must have a certain amount of money to pay for the fees incurred with the reproduction of the said papers.

The California Department of Public Health is the bureau which conserves and gives out birth and death reports. An official replica of a birth document costs $18.00 and $14.00 for a death record. The country registrar also retains a comprehensive file of all the affairs that happened in its locality.

You must also take notice of the records that are not accessible to the general public. These are personnel data, investigation papers, documents that refer to private legal instructions, litigation documents and any information considered by government organizations as confidential.

Every resident in the state of California has the basic right to retrieve certain Public Records. When you go to the proper sites, you can demand such reports without paying anything. You can also decide to avail of the different online records resources at a minimal price. Now and then, individuals require replicas of important documents for wide-ranging purposes. What appears to be a hard undertaking can now be done at ease due to the advancement of the worldwide web. Wherever you are, you can get the outcome you want as soon as possible.

How To Get A Good Government Job

Government Job

Government Job

In the past, there were only government jobs. With the industrial emergence and modernization, several jobs are being created in private sectors. High salary packages offered by private sector are luring people to prefer private sector! However, with the recent emergence of recession in global economy, certain concerns have been raised regarding private employment opportunities, which are job security, life security after retirement and health consciousness! History repeats and is true that government jobs are the most sought now-a -days. It seems a mania has been created in the youth to secure government jobs with the high record number of vacancies advertised in different government sectors in these 2-3 years span of time!

It is good to see number of advertisements regarding the vacancies created in different government sectors, but how to pursue them remains a big question for youth! It is definitely a big task; however certain important measures have to be taken to grab a government job easily!
First analyze yourself regarding these aspects,

How strong you are till the secondary education standard?
What is your aptitude strength?
Knowledge of current affairs.

If you are good at these you have a pretty chance to secure a government job! What if you are not confident about the above aspects, strengthen yourself in those aspects and follow the below steps.

Choosing a right sector of jobs matching your profile best!

It is the common mistake done by many people that they apply against all government notifications. Though many government jobs require basic qualification, it is the right choice to apply for a job that best matches your previous education. Since you get a good knowledge of your subject in your education period it is easy to revise and strengthen it according to the syllabus defined for a government vacancy.

Improving aptitude

Most of the government jobs set basic qualification as eligibility criteria however the entrance examination basically tests the aptitude of an applicant. A good standard at secondary education level is the base for ones own aptitude. Analytical thinking, sound knowledge of subject and language skills are crucial parts of aptitude and hence building them can improve aptitude. One should be well versed with the current needs of technology. Keeping this in mind, if we try to gain knowledge on every aspect, it automatically improves our aptitude. Practicing reasoning and arithmetic lessons can enhance our aptitude. Critical thinking is an integral part of aptitude and it can be improved by practicing writing our views on different issues of society and analyzing how justifying our views are.

Current affairs

It is the general mistake done by many people that they simply ignore to gain knowledge on current affairs as they think it as out of subject. Gaining knowledge on political, socio-economical and geographical aspects of the world is mandatory to succeed in securing government jobs. Newspapers are the best source for such valuable information. As most of the government jobs are for service industry, they need suitable candidates who are well versed with current affairs.

To conclude, it is easy to secure a government job when we have set this aim right from secondary education. Due to lack of strong base at secondary education, it makes us to deter from applying for a government job. A good aptitude, sound knowledge of current affairs and good language skills are essential skills to be developed for getting a government job.