This book is a principle based approach to the Constitution of The United States of America. It’s author, W. Cleon Skousen and his staff, have sourced hundreds of pages of our founding fathers writings. Hence, this simple, principle based method for understanding our sacred, national document.
Our manuscript of national governance only works as we remain active in educating ourselves and others on its true meaning and purpose. Hence, here are the 28 principles our founding fathers wholeheartedly supported to govern The United States properly.
Principle 1 – The only reliable basis for sound government and just human relations is Natural Law.
Principle 2 – A free people cannot survive under a republican constitution unless they remain virtuous and morally strong.
Principle 3 – The most promising method of securing a virtuous people is to elect virtuous leaders.
Principle 4 – Without religion the government of a free people cannot be maintained.
Principle 5 – All things were created by God, therefore upon him all mankind are equally dependent, and to him they are equally responsible.
Principle 6 – All mankind were created equal.
Principle 7 – The proper role of government is to protect equal rights, not provide equal things.
Principle 8 – Mankind are endowed by God with certain unalienable rights.
Principle 9 – To protect human rights, God has revealed a code of divine law.
Principle 10 – The God-given right to govern is vested in the sovereign authority of the whole people.
Principle 11 – The majority of the people may alter or abolish a government which has become tyrannical.
Principle 12 -The United States of America shall be a republic.
Principle 13 – A Constitution should protect the people from the frailties of their rulers.
Principle 14 -Life and liberty are secure only so long as the rights of property are secure.
Principle 15 – The highest level of prosperity occurs when there is a free-market economy and a minimum of government regulations.
Principle 16 – The government should be separated into three branches.
Principle 17 – A system of checks and balances should be adopted to prevent the abuse of power by the different branches of government.
Principle 18 – The unalienable rights of the people are most likely to be preserved if the principles of government are set forth in a written Constitution.
Principle 19 – Only limited and carefully defined powers should be delegated to government, all others being retained by the people.
Principle 20 – Efficiency and dispatch require that the government operate according to the will of the majority, but constitutional provisions must be made to protect the rights of the minority.
Principle 21 – Strong local self-government is the keystone to preserving human freedom.
Principle 22 – A free people should be governed by law and not by the whims of men.
Principle 23 – A free society cannot survive as a republic without a broad program of general education.
Principle 24 – A free people will not survive unless they stay strong.
Principle 25 – “Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations — entangling alliances with none.”
Principle 26 – The core unit which determines the strength of any society is the family; therefore the government should foster and protect its integrity.
Principle 27 – The burden of debt is as destructive to human freedom as subjugation by conquest.
Principle 28 – The United States has a manifest destiny to eventually become a glorious example of God’s law under a restored Constitution that will inspire the entire human race.
“The 5000 Year Leap”, by W. Cleon Skousen, is a simple, understandable read for those, teenagers on up, who wish to leapfrog into comprehending the principles of the Constitution.