The 5000 Year Leap
Glenn Beck absolutely raved about W. Cleon Skousen’s “The 5,000 Year Leap: A Miracle That Changed the World” (1981), so I borrowed it from the public library. It gave me renewed confidence in the U.S. Constitution, the reasoning behind our Republic, and the intentions of our Founding Fathers.
The Introduction alone shows you a different way of thinking about politics. It’s not about political parties, but a balance between the common good and individual liberty. Skousen tears down the political framework of “Left” and “Right”, “Liberal” and “Conservative” and replaces it with a different political spectrum: “Tyranny” (government domination) and “Anarchy” (lawlessness).
From Skousen, I learned that three questions need to be answered for all legislation: Will it solve the problem? Can we afford it? And is it constitutional?
By reading and analyzing the letters, biographies, and speeches of the American founders, as well as the great thinkers who inspired them, Skousen compiles 28 principles that created America and established a delicate balance between the tyranny of government and the freedom of the people.
Here are five of the Founders’ principles that we seem to have forgotten:
Principle #7: The proper role of government is to protect equal rights, not provide equal things. It’s up to each of us to work hard and succeed – or fail.
Principle #13: A Constitution should protect the people from the human frailties of their rulers. Distrust of power doesn’t mean disrespect for leaders. We must question our leaders, or they will lead us into tyranny.
Principle #19: Only limited and carefully defined powers should be delegated to government, all others being retained by the people. Does anyone remember the Tenth Amendment?
Principle #21: Strong local self-government is the keystone to preserving human freedom. The federal government has turned the States into welfare states!
Principle #27: The burden of debt is as destructive to freedom as subjugation by conquest. We are enslaving future generations to our $12 trillion national debt!
Skousen’s writing is clear and understandable, with short sections and well-explained ideas. He refrains from overly-criticizing government, and generally lets readers make their own conclusions about modern politics and our legal system.
We need to learn more about the Constitution, so that we can all be watchdogs. It starts in our schools, but we can all read the Constitution and use it to evaluate the government’s policies. Have they usurped powers reserved to the States or the People? Does government even have the power to do some of the things it is doing?
If you’re ready to stand up for our Constitution and hold our elected leaders accountable. Start by reading “The 5,000 Year Leap” and visiting the National Center for Constitutional Studies, http://www.nccs.net.