by John D. Guandolo
In the years Understanding the Threat (UTT) has been teaching and training police officers, federal agents, prosecutors, and others whose duties include enforcing laws, I have been struck by the large number of these people who have little understanding of the underpinnings of their Oaths of Office and the foundation of American law and government.
It is critical for them to understand these matters because America is a Constitutional Republic, not a democracy as many U.S. officials continue to claim.
In a democracy, majority rules.
America’s founders hated the idea of democracy because it tramples individual liberty and always devolves into chaos.
In a Constitutional Republic, majority rules while respecting the rights of the minority. A Constitutional Republic must have a moral standard from which to operate in order to respect the rights of the minority.
America has a moral standard.
U.S. Code identifies four primary sources of Organic Law for the United States, and the Declaration of Independence is the first. The Declaration is the ideal of who we are, and lays the foundation for the principles which undergird our laws and government.
The weight of the ideal – that all human beings are created equal in the eyes of God the Creator of all things – crushed and ended slavery in America.
When we adhere to the ideal, America continues to be the most prosperous, generous, and longest standing Constitutional Republic in the history of the world.
The Declaration identifies “the Law of Nature” and “Nature’s God” as the foundation for our Republic, and is America’s moral standard for our law and government.
“The Law of of Nature” and “Nature’s God are legally defined as “the will of God” and “Holy Scripture” respectively in Blackstone’s Commentaries, the primary legal source utilized by the Founders.
Blackstone’s Commentaries goes on to make clear that no law can be legislated which contradicts the Law of Nature and Nature’s God.
As a part of all of our training programs, UTT includes a session entitled “America’s Foundation” which walks students through the Founding Principles as they apply to Law and Government and the Oaths of Office police, military, elected officials and others take.
In each of these sessions with police and others, UTT always gives a hypothetical to see if they understand America’s founding principles. The hypothetical goes something like this: If your state legislature voted unanimously to make stealing legal, would that be “Constitutional” and would you allow stealing in your community?
Usually, around half of the attendees will, sadly, say “Yes.”
The correct answer, of course, is a resounding “NO.”
The reason? Police are required to enforce JUST laws not ANY law that is passed by a majority of a legislature.
Why? Because America is not a democracy. The U.S. Constitution guarantees a “Republican form of government” for all of its citizens. In a Republic, majority rules, but minority rights are respected and protected.
When police, prosecutors, and others come to realize they are duty-bound to enforce only JUST laws per the moral standard, it is a true revelation for them.
So whether it is enforcing “COVID mandates” or allowing abortion clinics to operate where a million of America’s most innocent citizens are killed every year, police do not have the right to merely say “It’s the law” and “I’m just doing my job.”
We the People are the government in America. We agree to let others govern us (the SOCIAL COMPACT) so long as they govern JUSTLY according to the moral standard – the Law of Nature and Nature’s God.
The Declaration of Independence identifies the role of the Federal Government as:
“That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.“
In Thomas Paine’s seminal work, Common Sense, he makes clear government is meant to “supply the defect of moral virtue” in society as citizens stray from it.
America’s Founding Fathers understood there must be a moral standard in our Republic if it is to remain, and therefore, Christian principles – the Law of Nature and Nature’s God – must be taught to the citizens in order to ensure it does.
This is why Thomas Jefferson told us “We all agree in the obligation of the moral principles of Jesus.”
It is why George Washington encouraged people to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ, and why the Bible was in taught schools in America from the 1600’s until 1962.
Did you know that at the time of the ratification of the Constitution and the amendments, every state constitution in the United States required a public proclamation of the Christian faith in order to hold public office?
Did you know the first Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court – John Jay – said it is the duty of citizens to only elect Christians for our leaders?
How far have we strayed from the principles upon which the Republic was built?
If we are to remain a Republic, and if we truly believe in civil rights for all people, then the moral standard of the Republic must be reinstated and those who swear and Oath to the Constitution must be reminded – primarily by the citizens – they have a duty to enforce JUST laws not ALL laws.