rek 6/12/09 by eMail. Edits for clarity are
in magenta text.
Re: The book "The 5000 Year Leap"
I purchase the book in quantity and sell it & the mp3 audio book for $10.00 (my cost) . Retailers sell it for $39.90. I suggest you do the same. Or you could use it as a fund raiser. As Jefferson said, "A nation that expects to be ignorant and free, expects something that never was and never will be."
THE 5000 YEAR LEAP
The constitutional convention of 1787 produced a form of government that is largely unappreciated today in spite of the fact that it is a political achievement unprecedented in human history. Moreover, the Founders looked upon it, as an event influenced, guided and governed by the hand of God.
Throughout the 5,000 years or so of recorded history shockingly little progress had been made. Over the 50 centuries, mankind lived much like his predecessors. When Jamestown was formed in 1607 their tools consisted of shovel, axe, hoe and a stick plow. These European immigrants embraced communal economics and found it produced only poverty and misery. Out of 9,000 settlers only 1,000 survived.
But it was in Jamestown that a system of free enterprise principles began which impressed on the settlers those ideas that were later refined and developed. As the population grew the first popular assembly of legislative representatives was formed in the western hemisphere. By 1776 the noble experiment of American independence and free enterprise economics had produced some phenomenal results. The spirit of freedom which moved across the world in the 1800’s was primarily inspired by the fruits which freedom in America produced.
The founders compiled a great deal of information that had been written about, but was not substantially being practiced anywhere in the world. They assembled 28 great ideas that produced the dynamic success formula which proved such a tremendous blessing to mankind.
In 200 years by 1976 the human race made a 5000 year leap. The climate of free market economics allowed science to thrive. Technical discoveries harnessed electricity, developed the internal combustion engine and the jet engine. Communications were revolutionized, the average life span was doubled, and the quality of life greatly enhanced.
This is explained in a remarkable book, The 5000 Year Leap - A Miracle That Changed the World. It presents the 28 great ideas and principles that changed the world. Adherence to these principles during the past 200 years has brought about more progress than was made in the previous 5,000 years. Our Constitutional Republic is a miracle. It is the longest lasting essentially unchanged form of government in the world. However, beginning in the early part of the 20th century politicians aided by the courts have distorted the rule of law which the Founders gave us, and which is the reason our nation is struggling today.
PRINCIPLES OF LIBERTY & FREEDOM
1. The only reliable basis for sound government and just human relations is Natural Law.
2. A free people cannot survive under a republican constitution unless they remain virtuous and morally strong.
3. The most promising method of securing a virtuous and morally stable people is to elect virtuous leaders.
4. Without [The Christian] religion the government of a free people cannot be maintained.
5. All things were created by God, therefore upon Him all mankind are equally dependent, and to Him they are equally responsible.
6. All men are created equal.
7. The proper role of government is to protect equal rights, not provide equal things.
8. Men are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.
9. To protect man’s rights, God has revealed certain principles of divine law.
10. The God-given right to govern is vested in the sovereign authority of the whole people.
11. The majority of the people may alter or abolish a government which has become tyrannical.
12. The United States of America shall be a republic.
13. A constitution should be structured to permanently protect the people from the human frailties of their rulers.
14. Life and liberty are secure only so long as the right of property is secure
15. The highest level of prosperity occurs when there is a free market economy and a minimum of government regulations.
16. The government should be separated into three branches: legislative, executive, and judicial.
17. A system of checks and balances should be adopted to prevent the abuse of power.
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.
19. Only limited and carefully defined powers should be delegated to government, all others being retained in the people.
20. Efficiency and dispatch require government to operate according to the will of the majority, but constitutional provisions must be made to protect the rights of the minority.
21. Strong local self-government is the keystone to preserving human freedom.
22. A free people should be governed by law and not the whims of men.
23. A free society cannot survive as a republic without a broad program of general education.
24. A free people will not survive unless they stay strong.
25. "Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations: entangling alliances with none."
26. The core unit which determines the strength of any society is the family; therefore, the government should foster and protect its integrity.
27. The burden of debt is as destructive to freedom as subjugation by conquest.
28. The United States has a manifest destiny to be an example and a blessing to the entire human race.
Source: over 150 volumes of the Founding Fathers’ original writings, minutes, letters, biographies, etc., distilled into The 5000 Year Leap, by W. Cleon Skousen, published by the National Center for Constitutional Studies. www.nccs.net
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