I’ve always been patriotic so to speak. I feel compelled to share with you a book that has been introduced to me by my American Literature Instructor Dr. Linda G. Raughton. W. Cleon Skousen’s book “5000 Year Leap” is sure to shed a whole new light on the true meaning of being an American.
At first reading, I felt the familiar sense of pride which turned to “my God what have we done and how do we fix this?” The book is about the 28 principles that our founders based the Constitution upon. The principles were based on Natural Law or God’s law. The principles may seem a little outdated but they have a proven track record.
It all began in Jamestown where Communal Economics was first experimented with and 200 years later in 1776 the global experiment of Free Enterprise Economics had prevailed with phenomenal results. A list of achievements had been produced that contributed to leaps in science, politics, and economics. According to Skousen, ” in 200 years the human race had made a 5000 year leap.”
Sometimes prone to duplicate errors of the past, we muddled our lives with drugs, riots, and terrorism among other things. “Social decay has a harmful effect on the freedom and prosperity that had been given to us.”
How do we began to reform? Education is a good start. Read the Constitution in its original form. Read Skousen’s “5000 Year Leap.” You will be glad you did. I thank Dr. Raughton for sharing the book with students. It has shed new light to the real meaning of what it means to be an American.