Saturday, April 14, 2012

The Founders' Key

If you are a fan of limited government, this is a book for you! 

I have long been a fan of Hillsdale College, and the work they do to promote the accurate historical framing of our country.  Dr. Larry P. Arnn, president of the College, presents a vivid yet clear and compelling understanding of the unity between the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

This fantastic work is evenly divided between the study of the two founding documents presented first and then followed by foundational documents, such as selected writings from the Federalist Papers, to support the claims presented in the first section. 

Dr. Arnn starts by discussing the source of our rights, and the apparent disharmony among the two documents, as being from “Laws of Nature and of Nature's God”.  This is the document that locates Sovereignty in the individual and depicts Government as an alien force making rebellion against it a natural act.  Did you know that in the Constitution was a list of charges against the King?  Just one of the charges says, “He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.”  Isn’t it a good thing that isn’t going on today?  (My tongue is firmly in my cheek!)

The country that our founders envisioned is vastly different from the country we have today.  The question for us is how do we behave as a strict Constitutionalist, and start ourselves on the road back to their vision.  We may feel that Government is too involved in this or that, without Constitutional authority, but how do we go about rolling back these programs?  How do you end Medicare?  Whatever your thoughts, it is not a delineated power within the Constitution.

Arnn ends his treatise with these words: “Because the principles that our country serves, and the institutions by which it serves them, have a beauty hardly matched in all history, they sound a call that all can answer.  In their attraction and in our response is the hope for a free people.  That is the Founders’ Key.”

Before you vote in November, read this book!!!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through their bloggers review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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