The impartial Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God are the moral connectors that uphold the work ethic, prosperity and civic community.
When we speak of morality here, we are speaking of what John Marshall, the fourth Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, wrote in the Marbury v. Madison opinion. Marshall rightly said, “The government of the United States has been emphatically termed a government of laws [such as the Ten Commandments, displayed in courthouses throughout the nation], and not of men.” John Marshall’s opinion did not advocate supremacy for unelected Supreme Court judges over the legislative and administrative opinions irrespective of the Constitution. He was placing limits on Supreme Court judge-making authority. The people should be the controllers. They need to know where legislators and administrators stand and to control government policy by whom they choose to elect or not elect to office.
When applied, this common sense guideline protects man from authoritarian deception and intrigue. The Declaration of Independence: “…to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.” The Laws of Nature inherent in the Ten Commandments and Golden Rule are foundational to the American Constitution. This is consistent with Common Law that protects the Constitution as a tool from being twisted by arbitrary man-made Case Law rule (Alexander Hamilton in the Philadelphia newspapers, August 28, 1794).
James Madison, the fourth President, known as “The Father of the Constitution,” made the following statement, “We have staked the whole of all our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government, upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.”
~ D. Norris