In the Course of Human Events
In the beginning man was endowed with the right to govern himself under the authority and in the character of his Creator. The way and manner in which he conducted his relationships with other men determined the nature of the institutions by which he and his society would be governed. We call these institutions government and label them with terms like Republic, Democracy, Monarchy, and many others, defining and redefining them age upon age.
“All men are created equal,” and “are endowed by their Creator,” who we often call God, “with certain unalienable Rights… to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” “All government without the consent of the governed is the very definition of slavery!”
It is not the Creator of mankind, but the consent of each man that endows governments of men with the power to exercise authority over men.
All governments are not created equal, nor are those governments endowed by their creators with equal rights. George Washington once said, “Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force, like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” When that privilege granted by the people to a government becomes a right of government to rule over the people, the government has become the master and the people have become the servant of that government.
While, some have called democracy “nothing more than mob rule, where 51% of the people took away the rights of the other 49”, the early Romans, 500 years before the first Caesar rose to power, coined the term Republic from the Latin idiom, Libera Res Publica”, “Free from Things Public”. The “ancient confederation of Hebrew tribes”, centuries before the monarchy under Saul was established in 1020 BC, was described as the “earliest republic in history”.  In Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, he praised “the union and discipline of the Christian republic” stating that “it gradually formed an independent and increasing state in the heart of the Roman Empire.” Before the Declaration of Independence or the United States Constitution America was called a republic. While the “United States of America as a government” has “powers” “derived from the consent of the governed,” by its own creed it is “a democracy in a republic.”
In a free society, the individual is free from the dictates of other men, whether by despot or by the mob. “Freedom is the Right to Choose, the Right to create for oneself the alternatives of Choice. Without the possibility of Choice, and the exercise of Choice, a man is not a man but a member, an instrument, a thing.”
In a free society established under God and in the His character or name, man may not covet his neighbor's goods. The quality, character, and authority of government is entirely dependent on the quality, character, and consent of the individuals who create it. It is the diligent application of virtue and moral character of the individuals of society or the avarice, application, and apathy of the people collectively that defines their government. The general character of government is always subject to the general character of the people for it is the people who create it.
While it is true that in a free society “What is mine cannot be taken away without consent”, it is also true that “Every man is presumed to intend the natural and probable consequences of his own voluntary acts.” And, “No one is obliged to accept a benefit against his consent. But if he does not dissent, he will be considered as assenting.” 
“The real destroyers of the liberties of the people is he who spreads among them bounties, donations, and benefits.”
“He who receives the benefit should also bear the disadvantage.”
Application for benefits is consent. When governments are licensed by the avarice and apathy of its membership to take from one class and give to another then all become authors of the abasement of freedom. The once autonomous freeman becomes the advocate of an advance of authoritarianism.
If we want better government we need better people. “When the foundation fails all fails.”
“Society in every state is a blessing, but a government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.”
"All who have ever written on government are unanimous, that among people generally corrupt, liberty cannot long exist.”
"Is there no virtue among us? If there be not, we are in a wretched situation. No theoretical checks, no form of government can render us secure.”
"If we want better people to make a better world, then we will have to begin where people are made in the family.”
"Good government is no substitute for self-government."
If you will not come together to accept the responsibility of protecting your neighbor's rights with an equal enthusiasm then you have lost the genius of your “own independence and become the fit subjects of the first cunning tyrant who rises among you.”
It is by selfishnesses and sloth, avarice, and apathy that the people have been brought into servitude and bondage. And it will be the coming together in bonds of virtue and voluntarism of self-government that they will foster freedom. Taking back responsibilities that belong to the individual, the family, and the community will set the nation free.
From Cain or Able, Nimrod or Abraham, Pharaoh, Moses, Caesar and Herod or Jesus Christ the Bible tells the story of two forms of government. In one the people remain free souls under God living by faith, hope, and charity in a social flow of forgiveness and thanksgiving. The other form of government is based on contractual consent, covetous claims, and commanding control. It evolves from our application for collective benefits at the expense of our neighbor's freedom to choose. If we seek to use governments to force our neighbor to provide for our welfare we will be snared in a trap of our own making. Those who would rule over their neighbor shall be ruled over by tyrants.
It is has commonly unknown that "our modern reliance on government to make law and establish order is not the historical norm."
The most common form of government during the long history of society has actually been voluntary systems where people are bound by mutual loyalty and common sense of right and wrong, just and fair. Such societies cannot be maintained without the bonds of common faith in justice and mercy, mutual hope, and a consistent practice of charity.
Abraham, Moses, and Jesus were not creating religions that would deliver the people back into bondage, but rather they were teaching a way to live as a free people under the perfect law of liberty, by the unbreakable bonds of faith, hope, and charity. It is the commission and purpose of those who truly follow their precepts of truth and righteousness to preach the dominion of everyman granted by God, proclaim liberty throughout the land unto all the inhabitants thereof and to return every man to his possession, and to his family by teaching and facilitating the way individuals, communities, and even nations are set free, by freeing their neighbor in love.
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- Declaration of Independence.
- Jonathon Swift
- This has been attributed to Thomas Jefferson in his second inaugural address but it does not appear in the text nor have I found it anywhere else in his writings. In that second inaugural address, Jefferson did warn the people against overspending by saying that the government "may meet within the year all the expenses of the year, without encroaching on the rights of future generations, by burdening them with the debts of the past."
- “Republic,” Microsoft ® Encarta. © 1994 Ms. Corp. and F & W Corp.
- Rousseau and Revolution, Will et Ariel Durant p.801. fn 83 Heiseler, 85.
- The American Creed, April 3, 1918, the new American creed was read in Congress.
- Archibald MacLeish was an American poet, writer and the Librarian of Congress. (1892 – 1982)
- Quod meum est sine me auferri non potest. Jenk. Cent. Cas. 251.
- 1 Green. Evid. ? 18; 9 East, 277; 9 Barnue. & C. 643; 3 Maule & S. 11, 17.
- Invito beneficium non datur.Dig. 50.17.69; Broom, Max.3d Lond. ed.625.
- Plutarch, 2000 years ago.
- Cujus est commodum ejus debet esse incommodum
- Psalms 69:22 Let their table become a snare before them: and [that which should have been] for [their] welfare, [let it become] a trap.
Romans 11:9 And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them:
- Proverbs 12:24 “The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.”
- Maxims of Law from 1856 Bouvier's Law Dictionary.
- Thomas Paine.
- Edmond Burke.
- James Madison.
- Braud’s 2nd Enc. by J.M Braud.
- Gandhi, Mahatma.
- Abraham Lincoln, September 11, 1858.
- Proverbs 1:10, 19 My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not....Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse:
" My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path: For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood. Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird. And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives. So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof."
- Part I of The Enterprise of Law : Justice without the State by Dr. Bruce L. Benson.
- Leviticus 25:10 And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout [all] the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubile unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family.