Happy Father’s Day to Our Founding Fathers (The Law-Part 1)

It should go without saying that our Founders were brilliant men. Unfortunately, many people today have a tainted view of the founders because of a rewritten American history being taught in our schools, universities, and through the main stream media. These men were well read, with a better understanding of history, law, philosophy, and the Bible than probably anyone in politics, in our universities, and in media today.

Just as our founders learned from history, we ought to do the same. In France, in the 1840’s, the country was quickly headed towards complete socialism. Frédéric Bastiat, a French economist, studied socialism and came to the conclusion that socialism must inevitably degenerate into communism. He traveled around the country giving speeches to promote his ideas (or perhaps to warn his countrymen). His ideas were printed in a pamphlet when he was 49 years old, the same year that he died, 1850. It was later translated into English and published in a book called The Law, which appears to be an orderly collection of short essays.

According to The Foundation for Economic Education, “the same socialist-communist ideas and plans that were then adopted in France are now sweeping America. The explanations and arguments then advanced against socialism by Mr. Bastiat are — word for word — equally valid today. His ideas deserve a serious hearing.”

Beginning today and over the next several weeks, I will post each essay for you to read and share. This line from the Wikipedia article on Bastiat offers a good summary of The Law: “It defines, through development, a just system of laws and then demonstrates how such law facilitates a free society.”

“The law perverted! And the police powers of the state perverted along with it! The law, I say, not only turned from its proper purpose but made to follow an entirely contrary purpose! The law become the weapon of every kind of greed! Instead of checking crime, the law itself guilty of the evils it is supposed to punish!
If this is true, it is a serious fact, and moral duty requires me to call the attention of my fellow-citizens to it.”

~ Claude Frédéric Bastiat (30 June 1801 – 24 December 1850)

Part 2 – Life Is a Gift from God

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