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Today’s quote is from Thomas Jefferson: (3:41)
“The Constitutions of most of our States assert, that all power is inherent in the people…that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed.”
The Story of the Day | 28 Principle Series with Paul Skousen: Principals 1 – 5 explained (4:22)
“W.Cleon Skousen began his research for his book The Five Thousand Year Leap in the 1930s while attending law school, combining archives in the Library of Congress for the original writings of such Founding Fathers like John Adams and Thomas Jefferson and continued to work on the manuscript for the next 50 years, finally publishing it in 1981.”
Today we continue again with Paul Skousen about his father’s book the 5,000 Year Leap on how the Constitution was created and what principals our Founding Fathers used to create this document that became the foundation of America.
One person whose wisdom was repeatedly mentioned of by the founding fathers was that of the great statesman Cicero in ancient Rome, according to Cicero he understood the Natural law to be Eternal and Universal …he is quoted saying…
“True law is right reason in agreement with nature; it is of universal application, unchanging and everlasting; it summons to duty by its commands, and averts from wrongdoing by its prohibitions…. It is a sin to try to alter this law, nor is it allowable to repeal any part of it, and it is impossible to abolish it entirely.
We cannot be freed from its obligations by senate or people, and we need not look outside ourselves for an expounder or interpreter of it. And there will not be different laws at Rome and Athens, or different laws now and in the future, but one eternal and unchangeable law will be valid for all nations and all times, and there will be one master and ruler, that is God, over us all, for he is the author of this law, its promulgator, and its enforcing judge.
Whoever is disobedient is fleeing from himself and denying his human nature, and by reason of this very fact he will suffer the worst punishment.”
(Quoted in Ebenstein, Great Political Thinkers, p. 133.)
Let’s dig a bit deeper in on how the Founding Fathers applied this “Natural law” to the Constitution. in the 5,000 year Leap, Skousen expounds on this by saying,
It may be surprising, even to Americans, to discover how much of their
Constitution and their lifestyle is based on principles of Natural Law.
The concept of unalienable rights is based on Natural Law.
Twenty-two of these unalienable rights are listed in this book.
The concept of unalienable duties is based on Natural Law. Twenty of these unalienable duties are listed in this book.
The concept of habeas corpus is based on Natural Law.
The concept of limited government is based on Natural Law.
The concept of separation of powers is based on Natural Law.
The concept of checks and balances to correct abuses by peaceful means is based on Natural Law.
The right of self-preservation is based on Natural Law.
The right to contract is based on Natural Law.
Laws protecting the family and the institution of marriage are all based on Natural Law.
The concept of justice by reparation or paying for damages is based on Natural Law.
The right to bear arms is based on Natural Law.
The principle of no taxation without representation is based on Natural Law.
These few examples will illustrate how extensively the entire American constitutional system is grounded in Natural Law. In fact, Natural Law is the foundation and encompassing framework for everything we have come to call “People’s Law.”
More on Paul Skousen: https://www.paulskousen.com/books/
THIS WORK IS DEDICATED TO that generation of resolute Americans whom we call the Founding Fathers. They created the first free people to survive as a nation in modern times. They wrote a new kind of Constitution which is now the oldest in existence. They built a new kind of commonwealth designed as a model for the whole human race. They believed it was thoroughly possible to create a new kind of civilization, giving freedom, equality, and justice to all.
Their first design for a free-people nation was to encompass all of North America, accommodating, as John Adams said, two to three hundred million freemen. They created a new cultural climate that gave wings to the human spirit. They encouraged exploration to reveal the scientific secrets of the universe. They built a free- enterprise culture to encourage industry and prosperity. They gave humanity the needed ingredients for a gigantic 5,000-year leap!
– W. Cleon Skousen