Does constitutional good governance under the rule-of-law matter?
Timeless moral truths form the fundamental foundation for constitutional good governance. Standing for truth is difficult but necessary. We can help with solutions. The word foundation is critical to understanding the formation of our nation. America’s founding documents must be reviewed and studied.
“If the foundations are destroyed, what can good people do?” (Psalm 11:3)
This scripture reference above is so true! Our historical foundations have been revised and not even taught in many cases to this present generation. This is dangerous in maintaining a free nation we presently have. As we look closely at our “open Borders” and “refugee influx” you may initially think that a free nation must be compassionate and not allow the “rule of law” be upheld. Our historical foundations must be taught and required for people to learn coming into our nation. The present immigration crisis if not brought into check will result in a nation that will go into bondage and lose the freedoms we so presently take for granted!
HAVE YOU READ THESE FOUNDING DOCUMENTS???
Have you read the Declaration of Independence?
Have you read the U.S. Constitution?
Have you read the Bill of Rights?
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What are First Principles?
First Principles are moral absolutes God reveals in His Word and places on the human heart. Present at the creation of the world, these self-evident truths correspond to reality and remain constant through time. Rooted in the divine, natural, and common law, First Principles form the fundamental foundation for preserving liberty, as well as for constitutional good governance under the rule of law. Written on each of our hearts, these self-evident Truths provide a moral compass with which to guide personal and institutional decision-making;
Endowed by our Creator, they provide moral points of reference against which a culture measures right from wrong. First Principles serve, therefore, as reliable objective standards by which to measure whether a government action is good or bad, just or unjust, constitutional or unconstitutional.What are some of the relevant Biblical references illustrating First Principles?
In the beginning God… – Genesis 1:1
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. – John 1:1-5 (NIV)
I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds. – Hebrews 10:16
… the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts sometimes accusing them and at other times even defending them. – Romans 2:15
Jesus specifically says: I am the way and the truth and the life, no one comes to the father except through me… – John 14:6; For this reason I was born: for this reason I came into the world – to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me. – John 18:33-38
This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth. – 1 Timothy 2:3-4
Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people. – Proverbs 14:34
Did the Founders of our nation and the Framers of the American Constitution recognize First Principles?
Yes. The early American experience illustrates how a government recognizes and relies on First Principles. Most of the Framers of the American Constitution viewed God as the source of life and liberty rights. The Declaration of Independence clearly reflects such a view:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all … are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty…
The core of the Framers’ understanding is revealed in Noah Webster’s seminal dictionary, published in the infancy of the republic. Webster defined unalienable as something “that cannot be legally or justly alienated” and right as
accordant to the standard of truth and justice or the will of God. That alone is right in the sight of God, which is consonant to his will or law; this being the only perfect standard of truth and justice … that is right which is consonant to the laws and customs of a country, provided these laws and customs are not repugnant to the laws of God ….
The American Story – Restoring Historical Foundations!
38-year-old King George III ruled the largest empire that planet earth had ever seen.
The Declaration of Independence, approved JULY 4, 1776, listed the reasons why Americans declared their independence from the King:
He has made judges dependent on his will alone…
He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, standing armies…
To subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution…
For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us…
For imposing taxes on us without our consent…
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of trial by jury…
For…establishing…an arbitrary government…
For…altering fundamentally the forms of our governments…
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large armies of foreign mercenaries to complete the works of death, desolation, and tyranny…
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions…”
33-year-old Thomas Jefferson’s original rough draft of the Declaration contained a line condemning slavery:
“He has waged cruel war against human nature itself…in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating and carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere, or to incur miserable death in their transportation thither…
suppressing every legislative attempt to prohibit or to restrain this execrable commerce determining to keep open a market where MEN should be bought and sold.”
A few delegates objected, and since the Declaration needed to pass unanimously and time was running short with the British invading New York, the line condemning slavery was unfortunately omitted.
John Hancock, the 39-year-old President of the Continental Congress, signed the Declaration first, reportedly saying “the price on my head has just doubled.”
Next to sign was Secretary, Charles Thomson, age 47. 70-year-old Benjamin Franklin said: “We must hang together or most assuredly we shall hang separately.
The Declaration referred to God: “Laws of Nature and of NATURE’S GOD… All Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their CREATOR with certain unalienable Rights… Appealing to the SUPREME JUDGE OF THE WORLD for the rectitude of our intentions…” “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of DIVINE PROVIDENCE, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.”
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Many of the 56 signers sacrificed their prosperity for their posterity.
Of the Signers:
11 had their homes destroyed;
5 were hunted and captured;
17 served in the military; and
9 died during the war.
27-year-old George Walton signed, and at the Battle of Savannah was wounded and captured.
Signers Edward Rutledge, age 27, Thomas Heyward, Jr., age 30, and Arthur Middleton, age 34, were made prisoners at the Siege of Charleston.
38-year-old signer Thomas Nelson had his home used as British headquarters during the siege of Yorktown. Nelson reportedly offered five guineas to the first man to hit his house.
Signer Carter Braxton, age 40, lost his fortune during the war.
42-year-old signer Thomas McKean wrote that he was “hunted like a fox by the enemy, compelled to remove my family five times in three month.”
46-year-old Richard Stockton signed and was dragged from his bed at night and jailed.
50-year-old signer Lewis Morris had his home taken and used as a barracks.
50-year-old signer Abraham Clark had two sons tortured and imprisoned on the British starving ship Jersey.
More Americans died on British starving ships than died in battle during the Revolution.
53-year-old signer John Witherspoon’s son, James, was killed in the Battle of Germantown.
60-year-old signer Philip Livingston lost several properties to British occupation and died before the war ended.
63-year-old signer Francis Lewis had his wife imprisoned and treated so harshly, she died shortly after her release.
65-year-old signer John Hart had his home looted and had to remain in hiding, dying before the war ended.
41-year-old John Adams wrote of the Declaration: “I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty.
It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shews, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this time forward forever more.”
John Adams continued: “You will think me transported with enthusiasm but I am not. I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure, that it will cost us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the gloom I can see the rays of ravishing light and glory. I can see that the end is more than worth all the means. And that Posterity will triumph in that Days Transaction, even although we should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not.”
When 54-year-old Samuel Adams signed the Declaration, he said: “We have this day restored the SOVEREIGN to whom all men ought to be obedient. He reigns in heaven and from the rising to the setting of the sun, let His kingdom come.”
34-year-old James Wilson signed the Declaration. He later signed the Constitution and was appointed to Supreme Court by George Washington. James Wilson stated in 1787:
“After a period of 6,000 years since creation, the United States exhibit to the world THE FIRST INSTANCE of a nation…assembling voluntarily…and deciding…that system of government under which they and their posterity should live.”
John Jay was President of the Continental Congress, 1778-1779, and later nominated by George Washington to be the First Chief Justice of Supreme Court. John Jay wrote in 1777:
“The Americans are the FIRST PEOPLE whom Heaven has favored with an opportunity of…choosing the forms of government under which they should live. All other constitutions have derived their existence from violence or accidental circumstances.”
Daniel Webster stated in 1802: “Miracles do not cluster, and what has HAPPENED ONCE IN 6,000 YEARS, may not happen again. Hold on to the Constitution, for if the American Constitution should fail, there will be anarchy throughout the world.”
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President Calvin Coolidge stated in 1924: “The history of government on this earth has been almost entirely…rule of force held in the HANDS OF A FEW. Under our Constitution, America committed itself to power in the HANDS OF THE PEOPLE.”
Calvin Coolidge stated July 5, 1926: “The principles…which went into the Declaration of Independence…are found in…the sermons…of the early colonial clergy… They preached equality because they believed in the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man.
They justified freedom by the text that we are all created in the Divine image.”
Ronald Reagan stated 1961:
“In this country of ours took place the GREATEST REVOLUTION that has ever taken place IN THE WORLD’S HISTORY – Every other revolution simply exchanged one set of rulers for another…
Here for the first time in all the THOUSANDS OF YEARS of man’s relation to man…the founding fathers established the idea that you and I had within ourselves the God-given right and ability to determine our own destiny.”
British Edwardian writer G.K. Chesterton stated in “What is America”: “America is the ONLY NATION IN THE WORLD that is founded on creed. That creed is set forth…in the Declaration of Independence..
that all men are equal in their claim to justice, that governments exist to give them that justice…
It certainly does condemn…atheism, since it clearly names the CREATOR as the ultimate authority from whom these equal rights are derived.”
How do First Principles relate to good governance under the rule of law?
We see the promise of the Declaration embodied in the structure and text of the American Constitution. That document’s Framers make clear that we the people delegate power to the government with which to secure our freedom, while expressly limiting government’s exercise of power in ways that deprive citizens of their unalienable life and liberty interests.
Moreover, unalienable life and liberty interests further limit exercise of government power. Here the drafters of the American Constitution chose simple language to express this vision of good governance under the rule of law. By enumerating and separating power, and listing liberties as a limit on the exercise of such power, we see their design of limited government. Thus, before exercising power, government must plug into a valid constitutional power source, authorizing the exercise of its power. The American Congress, for example, often relies on the Article I Commerce Power when enacting legislation regulating commerce. Likewise, the President of the United States relies upon the Article II Appointment Power when appointing the Cabinet.
Legislators and executive officials exercising governmental power must always act within the scope of the constitutional power source. Just as constitutionally significant, legislators and executive branch officials, when exercising power, must not infringe upon constitutionally protected liberty. Indeed, government, informed by First Principles must always recognize unalienable liberty as a limit on the exercise of its governmental authority. For example, the First Amendment to the American Constitution forbids, among other things, government action that prohibits freedom of expression and the free exercise of religious conscience.
But why should freedom of expression and religion limit the exercise of government power against citizens?
The answer lies in the truth that humans hold inherent dignity because God created us in His image, including the capacity to exercise free will and to reason. Because humans possess inherent dignity, government authorities must respect it. The unalienable liberty of religious conscience and expression arise out of this inherent dignity; such liberty enables the Created to freely form a sentient personal relationship with his or her Creator, know His truth and, as a matter of conscience, share it with others.
Moreover, ideas and viewpoints informed by the sacred contribute enormously to the improvement of society (e.g., the abolition of slavery). For ideas and viewpoints informed by the sacred to enter the marketplace of ideas though, individuals must be free to not just to believe and hold them as a matter of conscience, but also to manifest such conscience, including through speech and other expression.
Preserving the unalienable liberty of religious conscience and freedom of expression is, therefore, essential to ensure that citizens can introduce such ideas and viewpoints into the marketplace of ideas. It also ensures that these ideas, informed by the sacred, can continue to contribute to the improvement of society. Finally this unalienable liberty protects against government action excluding citizens from participating in civil society based on the viewpoint or religious conscience held by the citizen.
Does a threat to good governance under the Rule of Law exist in the United States?
Yes. Chipping away at our nation’s unalienable moral foundations, government and academic authorities increasingly forbid morality from informing the policy-making process or even being part of the constitutional marketplace of ideas.
What are the implications for our nation if those in power reject First Principles?
Ironically, as government prohibits moral truth from informing its governance, the desperate needs of the hungry, homeless, widows, orphans, and others continue to exponentially expand.
What can we do to address these growing needs and to change the current character of our Constitutional institutions?
To address these growing needs and to change the current character of constitutional institutions, we must awaken the hearts of the faithful.
The blessings of liberty and prosperity come with responsibility. To whom much is given, much is required. Each generation inherits a special trust and calling to ensure the preservation of liberty and the moral administration of justice. Scripture increases the degree of this calling and responsibility by commanding the Christian to shine the light of Truth into the darkness and to resist conforming to the world.
As government increasingly acts without constitutional authority and infringes upon God-given unalienable liberty, it is essential for the Church to create an educated, equipped, and engaged citizenry that will defend First Principles and the social order.
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