The power to govern rests with the people.

I have decided to take some time to cover the 28 principles outlined in W. Cleon Skousen’s book “The 5000 Year Leap”. The founders believed these principles to be necessary to establish and maintain the form of government that has made this country the greatest bastion of freedom in the world. In each post we will dissect one of the principles and apply it to problems faced by our country. I hope you will take the time to read “The 5000 Year Leap” and accompany me on this journey of exploration.

Today we will look at the tenth principle: The God-given right to govern is vested in the sovereign authority of the whole people.

This principle is the foundation upon which our Republic was founded. The people are the keepers of the power and our elected representatives servants of the whole people. Our elected officials serve as such only by our collective consent and when they fail to do the will of the people their power ceases to be legitimate.

Alexander Hamilton was clear on the subject when he said: “The fabric of American empire ought to rest on the solid basis of the consent of the people. The streams of national power ought to flow immediately from that pure, original fountain of all legitimate authority.

The founders recognized that any legitimate government would derive its power from only one source; the consent of the governed. So fundamental was the concept that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts proclaimed in January of 1776:

It is a maxim that in every government, there must exist, somewhere, a supreme, sovereign, absolute, and uncontrollable power; but this power resides always in the body of the people; and it never was, or can be, delegated to one man, or a few; the great Creator has never given to men a right to vest others with authority over them, unlimited either in duration or degree.

These men understood that as long as source of power ultimately rested with the people the government was limited in its ability to usurp basic rights from the people. By acknowledging that the power to self govern was a divine gift bestowed upon the whole people and not a select few they successfully limited, by law, the ability of tyrants to strip the people of their rights.

Our leaders, lawmakers and judiciary have drifted from that original, pure fountain of power. The regularly thwart the will of the people by legislation which is counter to the will of the people. We are told that this is for our own good but it is in direct violation of the principles set forth in the constitution.

Elected officials are under the mistaken impression that they are elected to carry out their agenda and that their election is an affirmation of that agenda. They are elected for one purpose only; to do the will of the people.

The people are ultimately to blame as we are the stewards of freedom. We have been negligent in our responsibilities and have failed to hold our “government” accountable for their transgressions. Until we do so we will be subject to the whims of the elite and our will subverted by the “populist agenda” of the vocal minority.

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