OCTOBER 2018 NEWSLETTER

Principles of Liberty, Part 2
By Rick Dalton   
 
 
There are certain principles of liberty that are found woven through the written and spoken record of the words and works of the Founders.  I have been privileged to serve as an instructor for the National Center for Constitutional Studies (NCCS.net) and to spread these principles far and wide in the US. The Center has gathered 28 principles of liberty from the aforementioned writings and speeches, and I share them now by permission.  

We began in last month's newsletter with a discussion of  principles 1 through 8 and we'll continue on from there.

Principle 9  - To protect human rights, God has revealed a code of divine law.
" The doctrines thus delivered we call the revealed or divine law, and they are to be found only in the Holy Scriptures. These precepts, when revealed, are found by comparison to be really a part of the original law of nature, as they tend in all their consequences to man's felicity." - William Blackstone

Principle 10 -The God-given right to govern is vested in the sovereign authority of the whole people.
" The fabric of American empire ought to rest on the solid basis of the consent of the people. The streams of national power ought to flow immediately from that pure, original fountain of all legislative authority." - Alexander Hamilton

Principle 11-The majority of the people may alter or abolish a government which has become tyrannical.
" Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes ... but when a long train of abuses and usurpations ... evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security." - Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence

Principle 12 -The United States of America shall be a republic.
" I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, And to the republic for which it stands...."

Principle 13-A Constitution should protect the people from the frailties of their rulers.
" If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.... [But lacking these] you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself." - James Madison

Principle 14 -Life and liberty are secure only so long as the rights of property are secure.
John Locke reasoned that God gave the earth and everything in it to the whole human family as a gift. Therefore the land, the sea, the acorns in the forest, the deer feeding in the meadow belong to everyone "in common." However, the moment someone takes the trouble to change something from its original state of nature, that person has added his ingenuity or labor to make that change. Herein lies the secret to the origin of "property rights."

Principle 15 -The highest level of prosperity occurs when there is a free-market economy and a minimum of government regulations.
Prosperity depends upon a climate of wholesome stimulation with four basic freedoms in operation:

Principle 16-The government should be separated into three branches.
" I call you to witness that I was the first member of the Congress who ventured to come out in public, as I did in January 1776, in my Thoughts on Government ... in favor of a government with three branches and an independent judiciary. This pamphlet, you know, was very unpopular. No man appeared in public to support it but yourself." - John Adams

Principle 17 -A system of checks and balances should be adopted to prevent the abuse of power by the different branches of government.
" It will not be denied that power is of an encroaching nature and that it ought to be effectually restrained from passing the limits assigned to it." - James Madison

Principle 18  -The unalienable rights of the people are most likely to be preserved if the principles of government are set forth in a written Constitution.
The structure of the American system is set forth in the Constitution of the United States and the only weaknesses which have appeared are those which were allowed to creep in despite the Constitution.

Principle 19 -Only limited and carefully defined powers should be delegated to government, all others being retained by the people.
The Tenth Amendment is the most widely violated provision of the bill of rights. If it had been respected and enforced America would be an amazingly different country than it is today. This amendment provides:
" The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."

Principle 20 -Efficiency and dispatch require that the government operate according to the will of the majority, but constitutional provisions must be made to protect the rights of the minority.
" Every man, by consenting with others to make one body politic under one government, puts himself under an obligation to every one of that society to submit to the determination of the majority, and to be concluded [bound] by it." - John Locke

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...to be continued next month.

For a wealth of material on the Constitution and the exceptional story of America's founding, go to nccs.net.   Documentation can be found in the book  "The Five Thousand Year Leap" published by The National Center for Constitutional Studies.


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