So I started reading the book "The 5000 Year Leap", by W. Cleon Skousen, which is a review of the history of the making of America, and of the brilliant precepts discussed and set down by the Founders in order to facilitate and guarantee that life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness were the birthright of every American.
I am early in the book, so have not much to say about its overall impact on me. But I would like to share some interesting things from the first 20 or 30 pages. For instance, the Founders characterized governments on a spectrum that ranged from anarchy at one extreme, to tyranny at the other. Anarchy might be briefly described as "no law." Tyranny might be described as "ruler's law." Mr. Skousen then outlines about ten characteristics of "ruler's law." Two of them are:
1. Problems are always solved by issuing more edicts or laws, setting up more bureaus, harassing the people with more regulators, and charging the people for these "services" by continually adding to their burden of taxes.
2. Freedom is never looked upon as a viable solution to anything.
Does that bring to mind any of the recent activity in Washington?
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