Dinner Topics for Monday
Today it is popular in the classroom as well as the press to refer to “Communism on the left,” and “Fascism on the right.”
These terms actually refer to the manner in which the various parties are seated in the parliaments of Europe. The radical revolutionaries (usually the Communists) occupy the far left and the military dictatorships (such as the Fascists) are on the far right. However, Communism and Fascism have turned out to be different names for the same thing—the police state.
Excerpts from W. Cleon Skousen: The 5000 Year Leap
It was the original intent of the Founders to have both the ancient Israelites and the Anglo-Saxons represented on the official seal of the United States. The members of the committee were Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin. They recommended that one side of the seal show an Anglo-Saxon profile, and the other side a portrayal of ancient Israel going through the wilderness led by God’s pillar of Fire. This turned out to be too complicated, so a simpler design was adopted. Obviously, this is a segment of America’s rich heritage of the past which has disappeared from most history books.
Political Party platforms change from one generation to another, so it doesn’t work to measure people’s ideas based on political parties.
Government is defined in the dictionary as “a system of ruling or controlling,” and therefore the American Founders measured political systems in terms of the amount of force or control a government imposes over its people.
Three Heads of the Eagle
Three separate branches of Government: Executive, Legislative, and Judicial
Left and Right: the Two Wings of the Eagle
Left: the Problem-Solving Wing
This wing dreams of elaborate plans to solve problems.
Right: the Conservation Wing
This wing has the responsibility of conserving the nation’s resources and the people’s freedom.
If both of these wings fulfill their assigned function, the American eagle will fly straighter and higher than any civilization in the history of the world. But if either of these wings goes to sleep on the job, the American eagle will drift toward anarchy or tyranny. (Skousen, 25-26)
The Founders measured types of government not by political parties, but political power.
W. Cleon Skousen, The 5,000 Year Leap, pp.9-10
As Defined by the Founders
- Authority under Ruler’s Law is nearly always established by force, violence, and conquest.
- Therefore, all sovereign power is considered to be in the conqueror or his descendants.
- The people are not equal, but are divided into classes and are all looked upon as “subjects” of the king.
- The entire country is considered to be the property of the ruler. He speaks of it as his “realm.”
- The thrust of governmental power is from the top down, not from the people upward.
- The people have no unalienable rights; the “king giveth and the king taketh away.”
- Government is by the whims of men, not by the fixed rule of law.
- The ruler issues edicts which are called “the law.” he then interprets the law and enforces it, thus maintaining tyrannical control over the people.
- Under Ruler’s Law, problems are always solved by issuing more edicts or laws, setting up more bureaus, harassing the people with more regulators, and charging the people for these “services” by continually adding to their burden of taxes.
- Freedom is never looked upon as a viable solution to anything.
- The long history of Ruler’s Law is one of blood and terror, both anciently and in modern times. Under it the people are stratified into an aristocracy of the ruler’s retinue while the lot of the common people is one of perpetual poverty, excessive taxation, stringent regulations, and a continuous existence of misery.
W. Cleon Skousen, The 5,000 Year Leap, pp.11-12
(Characteristics based on Anglo-Saxon or Common Law)
- The considered themselves a commonwealth of freemen.
- All decisions and selection of leaders had to be with the consent of the people.
- The laws by which they were governed were considered natural laws given by divine dispensation.
- Power was dispersed among the people and never allowed to concentrate in any one person or group. Even in time of war, the authority granted to the leaders was temporary and the power of the people to remove them was direct and simple.
- Primary responsibility for resolving problems rested first of all with the individual, then the family, then the tribe or community, then the region, and finally, the nation.
- They were organized into small, manageable groups where every adult had a voice and a vote. They divided the people into units of families, ten families, fifty, hundred, and thousand families, respectively; each unit voting for a leader.
- They believed the rights of the individual were considered unalienable and could not be violated without risking the wrath of divine justice as well as civil retribution by the people’s judges.
- The system of justice was structured on the basis of severe punishment unless there was complete reparation to the person who had been wronged. There were only four “crimes” against the whole people: treason, by betraying own people; failure to defend country; desertion; and sexual perversion. These were considered capital offenses. All others required reparation to the person who had been wronged.
- They always attempted to solve problems on the level where the problem originated. If this was impossible they went no higher than was absolutely necessary to get a remedy. Usually only the most complex problems involving …the whole people, ever went to the leaders for solution. (Skousen, 13-14)
Contrast between Ruler’s Law (all power in the ruler) and People’s Law (all power in the people)