The common issue with governments throughout human history is illustrated by two approaches to law. A government is aptly classed either as a government of FORCE [arbitrary and changeable rule by man-made decrees], or a government of LAWS; the first is the definition of despotism, the last Liberty (Alexander Hamilton, Tully Papers, 1794).

A government of laws is not complicated. No matter what one’s religion, birthright, or political view, the principles of the Declaration of Independence and universal absolutes clearly distinguish right from wrong. Stealing property that belongs to another is violating an unalienable right upon which liberty depends. Adultery is a violation of the sacred obligations of marriage and family. It creates stress and shortens life. Dishonesty cheats the victim out of an unalienable, God-given right and undermines the reliable communication upon which commerce and community depend. Deliberately stopping the heart of an unborn child is an horrific offense to the God of life, as well as to society.

George Washington in his Farewell Address reminded future generations that they cannot neglect personal responsibility to uphold this moral predicate for a government of laws. “It is easy to foresee, that from different causes and from different quarters, much pains will be taken, many artifices employed, to weaken in your minds the conviction of this truth (‘keep alive the spirit of Liberty’); as this is the point in your political fortress against which the batteries of internal and external enemies will be most constantly and actively directed. When the Constitution is ignored, governments of force by strong-headed men are inevitable. The Founding Fathers’ gift of a foundational government of law becomes obvious when the words “elect,” “shall not,” and “our Lord” are reviewed in the U.S. Constitution.

Supremacist law professors have tragically rejected this truth. We now see the colossal mess that our nation is in, because of their disrespect for Constitutional law. This is a violation of both government by law and citizen representative government. How, then, can the people protect themselves from cavalier authoritarians, who manipulate changes in laws which enable them to dumb down students—and, by extension, over time manipulate society? After studying the life of Solon of Athens, Will and Ariel Durant put forth the dilemma with this question: Do we insist upon government by written and permanent law, or do we permit government by incalculable and changeable decrees?

From Chief Justice Marshall: “Thus, the particular phraseology of the Constitution of the United States confirms and strengthens the principle, supposed to be essential to all written constitutions, that a law repugnant to the Constitution is void; and that courts, as well as other departments, are bound by that instrument.”

The Constitution. American government is a government of LAWS. A reliable government derives their just powers from the consent of the governed and citizens who police their own actions according to life-and community-honoring standards.

~ D. Norris

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