The Third Principle of a Free Society brought forth in the book ,”The Five Thousand Year Leap.”
“But neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt. He, therefore, is the truest friend to the liberty of his country who tries most to promote its virtue, and who, so far as his power and influence extend, will not suffer a man to be chosen into any office of power and trust who is not a wise and virtuous man.
Public officials should not be chosen if they are lacking in experience, training, proven virtue, and demonstrated wisdom.
A favorite scripture of the day was Proverbs 29:2, which says: “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.”
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“If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.”
Thomas Jefferson typified the Founders’ philosophy of social responsibility. They strongly believed that the best citizens should accept major roles in public life. They believed people with talent and demonstrated qualities of leadership should have the same sense of duty as that which Washington exhibited when he allowed himself to be called out of retirement three separate times to serve the country.
Jefferson referred to such people as the nation’s “natural aristocracy.” He said it was an aristocracy of virtue, talent, and patriotism without which the nation could not survive.
Skousen, W. Cleon (2013-09-09). The Five Thousand Year Leap (Kindle Locations 370-372). Verity Publishing. Kindle Edition.
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