Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Natural Law

Do you know what this is? Probably not. We don't learn about this in school and longer. Our Founding Fathers actually believed in this and used it to help frame our Constitution!

Natural Law was discovered by Marcus Tullius Cicero, one of Rome's greatest politicians. He postulated that there were rules of correct conduct given to us by the Creator of the universe. It was the Creator's order of things that are the basis of Natural Law.

He believed that man's ability to reason was given to us by the Creator. Thus, man could discover and identify these Laws by human reasoning. Here is a list of Natural Laws discovered by the Founding Fathers when making a new nation. They discovered the concept of:
  • Checks and balances
  • Separation of powers - Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches of government
  • Limited government
  • Habeas corpus - the right of unlawful detention
  • Unalienable duties - including; The duty to: honor the Creator, not to steal, be honest, protect children, follow rules of moral conduct, and so on...
  • Unalienable rights - including; The right to: self-government, petition, to assemble, beget one's kind, choose a mate, choose a profession, free conscience, own property, bear arms for self-defense, free press, free speech, privacy, and so on...
  • No taxation without representation
Using the Law of Natural Rights they also discovered the right to:
  • Contract - laws protecting marriage and family
  • Self-preservation
  • Bear arms
(SOURCE: "The 5000 Year Leap" by W. Cleon Skousen)

These all seem quite familiar don't they? For a much stronger understanding of these concepts, please read the book referenced above. You will have a greater appreciation of what the Fonders believed and did for us.

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