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The Law

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One of my best friends for many years was a man named Jackie Street. Jackie was one of those rare and unique people who made everyone he met feel that they were his best friend. I’ve never known anyone who had more respect and love for the U.S. Constitution than Jackie. He spent long hours studying The Constitution and the writings of those who gave it to us in an effort to understand their intentions and the reasons why they formed our Government in the way they did. Years ago, he brought my attention to a short book by Frederic Bastiat, a French economist and statesman, called The Law. Jackie felt that this was such an important book that he bought a number of copies and handed them out to people he felt would benefit from reading it.

First published in 1850, The Law was written during a period when France was rapidly turning to complete socialism. Bastiat laid out in a common sense way the argument(s) against the move toward Socialism in his political environment, and his explanations and arguments are — word for word — equally valid when applied to our situation in the United States today.

The Law is available for reading on-line, and I highly recommend that people do just that. The issues we now face in this country are critical ones for our future, and this book, even though it was written more than one hundred and fifty years ago, is extremely helpful in clarifying our understanding of the real purpose of Government and Law, and in helping to shape our views of what we should expect from them.

Do yourself a favor and read this short book. I pulled it out recently, and realized just how applicable it is to our current situation. Even though Jackie Street is no longer with us, I’m sure he’d be glad you did.

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  1. A bit more from Thomas Jefferson: “I am certainly not an advocate for frequent and untried changes in laws and constitutions. I think moderate imperfections had better be borne with; because, when once known, we accommodate ourselves to them, and find practical means of correcting their ill effects. But I know also, that laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths disclosed, and manners and opinions change with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also, and keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the same coat which fitted him when a boy, as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors.”

    I don’t know about that “progress of the human mind” bit. Sounds iffy to me. But the rest of it seems worth some consideration. Thoreau recognized this only 70 years after the framing of the Constitution.

    Michael

    September 6, 2009 at 1:49 pm

  2. The “progressive” movement seems to have chosen to believe that there are no “absolute truths” which seem to make up the agenda of trying to create laws that continue to “go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind”. Sadly, the progressive movement is going backwards and trying hard to reestablish again something that has proven to not work for mankind.

    Delete God and His laws, and we find ourselves right where we are.

    Mark

    September 6, 2009 at 2:15 pm


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