All tools that deliver power–automobiles, atom bombs, governments and so forth–must have a moral predicate to guide their use. The automobile has a steering wheel, accelerator and brake pedal that enable man to guide the tool for achieving a desired destination. Speed limits, turning rules and stop signs are the predicate, the morally significant basis for safe travel. Success is assured if the driver is educated to be responsible to avoid pitfalls and proceeds accordingly.
The Constitution, which serves as the tool for governing, has seven articles with short subsections and a preamble that starts with the sovereigns under God, “We the People.” The moral predicate for guiding the use of the Constitution is the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights that was added later to the Constitution. The power to finance government flows from the mammoth equivalent of a local Main Street bank, the taxpayer-funded public treasury. Even small, privately-owned banks need the system of specific policy hurdles and audits to minimize theft by employees as well as decreasing the danger of authorizing bad loans. For this same reason, many obstacles and verifiable checkpoints were included in the Constitution.
Beyond the need for internal checks for monitoring the proper use of the public treasury is the need for the principles of the Creator-based Declaration of Independence, later expanded and codified for the citizens’ Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights provides specific protections against the violation of citizens’ rights as the sovereigns under God over government by government employees. This is necessary to protect society from pretender-gods who, as government officials, interfere with man’s “unalienable rights” and industry.
In his Farewell Address to the nation, President Washington said: “Towards the preservation of your government, and the permanency of your present happy state, it is requisite, not only that you steadily discountenance irregular oppositions to its acknowledged authority, but also that you resist with care the spirit of innovation upon its principles, however specious the pretexts. One method of assault may be to effect, in the forms of the Constitution, alterations which will impair the energy of the system, and thus to undermine what cannot be directly overthrown.”
Liberals in our midst understand the value of stealthy, cradle-to-grave government (socialism) as a tool for subduing, ruling and exploiting the people. They object to the impartial Creator-based principles, the absolutes for constitutional law that keep government on the side of citizen self-rule for liberty.
“If we and our posterity reject religious instruction and authority, violate the rules of eternal justice, trifle with the injunctions of morality [allow leftist secular militants to dictate what students are taught], and recklessly destroy the… Constitution which holds us together, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us that shall bury our glory in profound obscurity” (Daniel Webster, January 18, 1782-October 24, 1852, an attorney and statesman who argued several cases before the John Marshall court).
Let us reverse the tragic move to atheistic secular jurisprudence! Morality of the God-honoring Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights are the design, and the Constitution is the tool for implementing that design.
~ David Norris