Law and Justice
Liberty is rarely lost through revolution — the sudden and violent upheaval of arms.
Liberty is usually lost through devolution — the slow, imperceptible erosion of the animating principles which give liberty life.
A PROVOCATIVE QUESTION
What is the limit of the state’s sovereignty?
A timeless truth: the state is divinely ordained and appointed, with a divine purpose, but the state isn’t divine.
A DIFFICULT DELIMMA
How does a government exercise enough power and authority to prevent the twin evils (anarchy and tyranny) to human liberty?
God is a God of order.
WHAT IS LAW?
A view of what law is from several sources:
The Bible: “We know that the law is good if one uses it properly.” (1 Timothy 1:8)
Calvin Coolidge: “Men do not make laws. They do but discover them. Laws…must rest on the eternal foundation of righteousness.”
Sir William Blackstone: “No enactment of man can be considered law unless it conforms to the law of God.”
Ciscero: “The law is not the product of human thought, nor the enactment of peoples, but something eternal. Law is an intelligence whose natural function is to command right conduct and forbid wrong doing.”
Frederic Bastiat: “Law is organized justice. States should only pass laws that protect persons, liberties, and properties; to maintain the right of each and to cause justice to reign over us all.”
If you want to be free, you may not be secure — if you want to be secure then you can’t be free.
WHAT IS JUSTICE?
Justice is giving to each one what is due. Without justice, there is no legitimate state. The notion that we cannot legislate morality is a lie — the real question is… who’s morality should be legislated? Governments are instituted to protect life, liberty, and property.
Material is Copyright © 2010 by Derrick G. Jeter. All rights reserved worldwide. Used by permission.
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