Common Sense

Sometimes it’s a rewarding exercise to get back to basics. The following principles are found in the book The 5000 Year Leap by W. Cleon Skousen. These principles are so fundamental and common sense that it is a testament to our collective disconnect that we have abandoned them. I fear that if we do not reattach ourselves to these moral underpinnings we may be forever lost in the abyss. The following in includes a preamble also found in the book:

Discover the 28 fundamental beliefs that our Founding Fathers said must be understood and perpetuated by every people who desire peace, prosperity and 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 religion the government of a free people cannot be maintained.
5. All things were created by God, therefore upon Him all mankind are equally dependant, 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.
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 the 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 by 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.

The author of The 5000 Year Leap does not post these principles based on supposition and conjecture. There are many references to the writings of the founding fathers to support these principles. We must return to these principles if we expect to survive. Please spread the word. Our country needs us now and it is our duty and responsibility to step up.


  1. I absolutely agree with every one of those (except, perhaps #23). Unfortunately, I don't think there is a single thing on that entire list that you would be able to find five people in Washington, DC to agree with-- especially #27.

  2. This is the problem. The madate to change is not laid at the feet of politicians. It is our madate. We have to educate people as to the truth. If this country is to survive we must change direction, not in Washington but in the hearts and minds of the people. Washington can do nothing that we do not allow them to do. It's not too late to change but I fear that time is approaching. Thanks for the post.


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