Those who expect to reap the benefits of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it. – Thomas Paine

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

The Two Laws

Do all you have agreed to do

Do not encroach on other persons or their property

If you think about it, these two laws are all we need for an advanced civilization. Where these laws are widely violated, life gets worse and where these laws are widely obeyed life gets better.

Where these laws are violated, only tyranny and chaos are known. Where these laws are obeyed, only liberty and free markets can survive.

Governments, dozens of them, violate these laws. You hear about it all the time.

Here are some quotes by the American Founders that support these two laws:

….all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.
--Declaration of Independence

...The natural rights of the colonists are these: first, a right to life; second to liberty; third to property; together with the right to support and defend them in the best manner they can.
--Samuel Adams, 1772

It is strangely absurd to suppose that a million of human beings collected together are not under the same moral laws which bind each of them separately.
--Thomas Jefferson, 1816

A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government.
--Thomas Jefferson, 1801

As you can see, our Founding Fathers believed in a “wise and frugal” government. These two laws, do all you have agreed to do, and, do not encroach on other persons or their property, are higher than any governments law. In other words, the government is under this law just as we are.

But governments are constantly violating these laws. Although you may say this applies to the United States....it also applies to international relations. The United States government not only violates these laws here, they also violate them internationally. This ignites wars..... now I am not saying that all the wars we were involved in was the result of the U.S. encroaching on others but most of them were. In the next couple of weeks we will be talking about some of the wars the U.S. fought in and how we could have avoided them.

1 comment:

HeavenlyPlaces said...

Good Job Shane. Love this new blog. keep it up!

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