Introduction to STAR Founders’ Philosophy Series
Our Founders stated that the only purpose of Government was to secure the citizen’s “unalienable rights.” In continuing that thought, they stated that the only ‘just’ government was one that drew its “powers from the consent of the governed.” They also believed that whenever a government became “destructive of these ends” that it was the right of the people “to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government.”
Texans for Constitutional Government (TCG) believes, as our Founders’ did, that our government draws its power from ‘we the people,’ citizens of this great nation. When an administration strays from our Founders’ Original Intent and usurps powers not authorized in the Constitution, then we must hold that administration accountable at the next election. To do that, we must understand our republican (small r) form of government.
One cannot truly understand our government without understanding the Founders’ Original Intent. A good place to look for original intent is in the late 18th Century dueling arguments known as the Federalist and Anti-Federalist Papers. TCG believes that behind the Founders’ Original Intent was a basic, common philosophy. The purpose of this series of STAR reports is to highlight the Founders’ common basic beliefs – what we call the Founders’ Philosophy.
Although they came from widely divergent backgrounds, our Founders’ had nearly identical fundamental beliefs. Almost all were well read in the thinking of Polybius, Cicero, Thomas Hooker, Coke, Montesquieu, William Blackstone, John Locke, and Adam Smith. They were also students of the Bible, particularly the Old Testament and the teachings of Jesus.
All of the ideas brought forth in the Founders’ Philosophy STAR Reports are from W. Cleon Skousen’s monumental work, The Five Thousand Year Leap. Professor Skousen brings forth 28 “great ideas that changed the world.” TCG will attempt to synopsize each great idea in a concise, one page report. Our hope is that readers, who have not read Professor Skousen’s work, will become familiar with the Founders’ Philosophy that was the framework of our Constitution.
It is our hope that when people truly understand how much unauthorized power our current administration has usurped, then they will “alter or abolish” this administration at the polls on November 2, 2010. This is not a partisan effort, this is an American effort. TCG believes that if this administration continues to usurp unauthorized powers, then we will continue our march toward European Socialism, ultimately losing all of our cherished freedoms.
The next article will discuss the Founders’ views on the Political Spectrum.
For greater information on this and other founding principles, please see The Five Thousand Year Leap by W. Cleon Skousen.