In this writer's various personal discussions and articles written for Examiner.com, there are many references to "Natural Law" and "Consent of the Governed". Though Natural Law may appear esoteric on first encounter, it is in fact that Foundational Premise of our Nation and Constitution.
"The end of law is not to abolish or restrain, but to preserve and enlarge freedom. For in all the states of created beings capable of law, where there is no law, there is no freedom."
John Locke, Second Treatise of Civil Government, Chapter 6
This writer suggests to the reader that exposure to Natural Law and Consent of the Governed, will change your Perspective of Reality. (Perspective of Reality means how you see yourself, others, your environment, the world and the universe and your interactions others, your environment, the world and the universe) You will more clearly understand the vision the Founder's had for this Country (and the writings of this writer.) But this writer must worn the reader that Natural Law wills stir up such old school sentiments and emotions as Individualism, Competition, Creativity and Free Markets.
“Freedom of men under government is to have a standing rule to live by, common to every one of that society, and made by the legislative power vested in it; a liberty to follow my own will in all things, when the rule prescribes not, and not to be subject to the inconstant, unknown, arbitrary will of another man.”
John Locke, Second Treatise of Civil Government 1690
This writer can think of no better way to entice the reader to immerse themselves in Natural Law than providing various proofs that our Country and US Constitution are in fact based on Natural Law. And in a few scant 10 sentences and paragraphs, the reader will find themselves in possession of irrefutable proof of that fact.
Evidence that this country was founded on Natural Law and the Governance Doctrine of Consent of the Governed can be found in the Declaration of Independence and quotes(thoughts) of some of the Founders:
- “Laws of Nature” (1st sentence, 1st Paragraph , http://goo.gl/IzoQo4);
- “certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” (1st Sentence, 2nd Paragraph , http://goo.gl/IzoQo4 & John Locke’s; Two Treatises of Government #119);
- “Consent of the Governed”(2nd Sentence,2nd Paragraph http://goo.gl/IzoQo4 & John Locke’s; Two Treatises of Government #119);
- “Long Train of Abuses” (4th Sentence, 2nd Paragraph , http://goo.gl/IzoQo4) and John Locke’s Second Treatise, §225;
- According to James Madison, the delegates read much of John Locke at the First Continental Congress Brant,
op. cit.supra note 42, at 76.
- Some of the Founder’s of this Country believed a person’s Natural Rights under Natural Law were so plainly and clearly, self-evident truths, that there was no need to reduce them to writing in a “Bill of Rights”;
- A free people [claim] their rights as derived from the laws of nature (Natural Law) and not as the gift of their chief magistrate. Thomas Jefferson, One of the Founders, Third US President and Primary drafter of the US Declaration of Independence;
- The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for among old parchments or musty records. They are written, as with a sunbeam, in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of the divinity itself; and can never be erased or obscured by mortal power. Alexander Hamilton; One of the Founders and First Secretary of Treasury;
- He [Locke] sais ‘neither Pagan nor Mahomedan [Muslim] nor Jew ought to be excluded from the civil rights of the Commonwealth because of his religion.’ Shall we suffer a Pagan to deal with us and not suffer him to pray to his god? Why have Xns. [Christians] been distinguished above all people who have ever lived, for persecutions? Is it because it is the genius of their religion? No, it’s genius is the reverse. It is the refusing toleration to those of a different opn [opinion] which has produced all the bustles and wars on account of religion.” Thomas Jefferson’s Notes of Religion (Oct. 1776);
- Thomas Jefferson, along with the other Founding Fathers, adhered to rather conventional 18th century political ideas, derived mainly from the works of Locke and Montesquieu. The Declaration of Independence, which is often cited in the media as a marvel of originality, is nothing but a trite paraphrase of the leading ideas in John Locke's 1693 Concerning the True Original Extent and End of Civil Government. John Adams thought the DOI was hackneyed, and James Madison apologized for its plagiarism by saying that "The object was to assert, not to discover truths."
The foregoing are mere dry facts evidencing the truth that our Country and Constitution were founded on Natural Law. Natural Law in and of itself is a source of empowerment. As predicted and warned by the Founders, our current crop of elected officials no longer see themselves our equals, and act as though they are our sovereigns not requiring consent of the Governed.
"And thus the community perpetually retains a supreme power of saving themselves from the attempts and designs of anybody, even of their legislators, whenever they shall be so foolish, or so wicked, as to lay and carry on designs against the liberties and properties of the subject".
John Locke, Second Treatise of Civil Government, Chapter 13
Though our elected officials have tried to reduce WE THE PEOPLE to a state of being submissive Sheople through indoctrination in Public Schools, artificial, unlawful and unconstititutional punishment of those who assert their Natural Law to dissent and duplicity, WE THE PEOPLE have merely to unite and reassert our Natural Rights to cast off this tyranny that we have let ensnare. Pursuant to Natural Law and the Declaration of Independence:
"That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness"
Being so informed, this writer presents the following for your further critical thinking:
SECOND TREATISE OF CIVIL GOVERNMENT 1690 John Locke
Those were my thoughts.
Thank you, my fellow citizens, for taking your valuable time to read and reflect upon what is written here.
If what is written here rings true to you, perhaps you should contact your local elected officials and let them know. If you are afraid of repercussions, snail mail it anonymously and ask them to respond in the local paper or their own monthly/quarterly internet newsletter. Even if this article refers to something outside you geographic area, it still likely applies to your location. Remember all those taxpayer training junkets we taxpayers send the bureaucrats on? They all learn the same “livestock management” techniques to use on WE THE PEOPLE.
And that leaves WE THE PEOPLE with this conundrum: While our #Government works full time with compensation and funded with our money for the cause of #Tyranny; WE THE PEOPLE are forced to work part time without compensation for the cause of #liberty with what is left over of our time, money and energy.
Finally, this article is written with the same intentions as Thomas Paine http://ushistory.org/paine. I seek no leadership role. I seek only to help the American People find their own way using their own “Common Sense” http://amzn.to/kbRuar
Keep Fighting the Good Fight!
Bring Home the Politicians #BHTP
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