US Constitution should Provide Safety for Americans from Corruption in their Leaders
Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. ~Edmund Burke
The Founders’ Basic Principles: 28 Great Ideas that changed the world
The practical application of this book review of Skousen’s educated wisdom is to leverage “We, The People’s” knowledge to easily expose ignorance, anarchy and tyranny, and hold the government accountable.
From The 5,000 Year Leap—A Miracle that Changed the World By W. Cleon Skousen
US Constitution Series 13: The Constitution should protect the people from the human frailties of their rulers
Distrust of Power Not Necessarily Disrespect For Leaders
The Founders had more confidence in the people than they did in the leaders of the people, especially trusted leaders, even themselves. They felt the greatest danger arises when a leader is so completely trusted that the people feel no anxiety to watch him.
For it is a truth, which the experience of all ages has attested, that the people are commonly most in danger when the means of injuring their rights are in the possession of those [toward] whom they entertain the least suspicion. (Federalist Papers, No. 25, p.164)
Every unconstitutional action has usually been justified because it was for a “good cause.” Every illegal transfer of power from one department to another has been excused as “necessary.”
In questions of power, then, let no more be said of confidence in man, BUT BIND HIM DOWN FROM MISCHIEF BY THE CHAINS OF THE CONSTITUTION. (emphasis added) Skousen, 164
Government is not reason, it is not eloquence—it is force! Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.
Leaders Are Not Angels, But Fragile Human Beings
James Madison saw the problem of placing power in the hands of fallible human beins who, by nature, contain a complexity of elements reflecting both good and evil. the purpose of a constitution is to define the area in which a public official can serve to his utmost ability, but at the same time provide strict limitations to chain him down from mischief. In every human being there is a natural tendency to practice Parkinson’s law of perpetual expansion and to exercise personal proclivities toward ego-mania and self-aggrandizement. (Skousen, 165)
It may be a reflection on human nature that such devices [as Constitutional chains] should be necessary to control the abuses of government. But what is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? … If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.
I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpations …This danger ought to be wisely guarded against.
Why the Original Constitution Will Never Be Obsolete
And that is what the Constitution is all about—providing freedom from abuse by those in authority. Anyone who says the American Constitution is obsolete just because social and economic conditions have changed does not understand the real genius of the Constitution. It was designed to control something which HAS NOT CHANGED AND WILL NOT CHANGE—NAMELY, HUMAN NATURE. (Skousen, 166)
Principle 14: Life and Liberty are Secure Only so Long as the Right to Property Is Secure