Today’s Top Story | 28 Principle Series with Paul Skousen: Principles 26-28 explained (0:05)
Join us today as we conclude our book review on W. Cleon Skousen’s inspirational book “The 5,000 Year Leap”. We will explore the last 3 principles used by the Founding Fathers to create the American Constitution. We continue our discussion with Paul Skousen as we review his father’s book.
Principal 26. The core unit which determines the strength of any society is the family; therefore, the government should foster and protect its integrity.
Paul explains this as Protecting the role of the Family by saying…
The book also mentions that..quote.
The family-centered culture which developed in America was not the austere pattern developed in England or the profligate pattern which characterized France.
Alexis de Tocqueville compared the American family with that of Europe in the following words: “There is certainly no country in the world where the tie of marriage is more respected than in America, or where conjugal happiness is more highly or worthily appreciated. In Europe, almost all the disturbances of society arise from the irregularities of domestic life. To despise the natural bonds and legitimate pleasure of home is to contract a taste for excesses, a restlessness of heart, and fluctuating desires. Agitated by the tumultuous passions that frequently disturb his dwelling, the European is galled by the obedience which the legislative powers of the state exact. But when the American retires from the turmoil of public life to the bosom of his family, he finds in it the image of order and of peace. There his pleasures are simple and natural, his joys are innocent and calm; and as he finds that an orderly life is the surest path to happiness, he accustoms himself easily to moderate his opinions as well as his tastes. While the European endeavors to forget his domestic troubles by agitating society, the American derives from his own home that love of order which he afterwards carries with him into public affairs.”
(Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, 1:315.)
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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