Founding Principles of America 26:
Protecting role of Nuclear Family
(US Constitution Series 26)
The Core Unit which determines the strength of any society is the family; therefore, the government should foster and protect its integrity
The family-centered culture which developed in America was not the austere pattern which characterized France.
The trilateral construction of the family, consisting of father, mother, and children, raises the basic question of the duty of the parents to the children and the respect which the children owe their parents. (Skousen, 285)
Equality of men and women under God’s law
The husband and wife each have their specific rights appropriate to their role of the man is “to protect and provide.” The woman’s role is to strengthen the family solidarity in the home and provide a wholesome environment for her husband and children. (Marlow and Davis, The American Search for Woman)
Neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord. (1 Corinthians 11:11)
“Father” and Mother” treated equally in Scripture
We see the positive law of God everywhere joins them together without distinction, when it commands the obedience of children: “Honor thy father and thy mother” (Exodus 20:12)
Responsibility of Parents to Children
Locke stated that the authority of parents over children is based on an important principle of natural law:
The power, then, that parents have over their children arises from that duty which is incumbent on them, to take care of their offspring during the imperfect state of childhood. To inform the mind, and govern the actions of their yet ignorant nonage, till reason shall take its place and ease them of that trouble, is what the children want, and the parents are bound to [provide].
Responsibility of Children to Parents
Locke said that the reciprocal responsibility of children to honor and obey their parents is equally specific:
As He [God] hath laid on them [the parents] an obligation to nourish, so He has laid on the children a perpetual obligation of honoring their parents, which, containing in it an inward esteem and reverence to be shown by all outward expressions, ties up the child from anything that may ever injure or affront, disturb or endanger the happiness or life of those from whom he received his [life], and engages him in all actions of defense, relief, assistance, and comfort of those by whose means he entered into being and has been made capable of any enjoyments of life.
The State must not interfere with legitimate Family Relations
It will be appreciated that the strength and stability of the family is of such vital importance to the culture that any action by the government to debilitate of cause dislocation in the normal trilateral structure of the family becomes, not merely a threat to the family involved, but a menace to the very foundations of society itself. (Skousen, 288)
Founding Principles of America 27: Avoiding the Burden of Debt