Blackstone’s Natural Law Not OK According to V.P. Biden

Our study of The Federalist Papers has been a rewarding experience. In our parsed notes of Federalist 55 ,¬† Blackstone’s: On the Absolute Rights of Individuals (1753) was referenced as an important source of contemporary thought in regards to appreciating the principles of Natural Law.

James Madison - Contributing Author of Federalist Papers

The articles comprising the Federalist Papers refer repeatedly to the principle of human nature as an understood fact. Human nature is source of factions and as Madison writes in Federalist 10:

“By a faction, I understand a number of citizens, whether amounting to a majority or a minority of the whole, who are united and actuated by some common impulse of passion, or of interest, adversed to the rights of other citizens, or to the permanent and aggregate interests of the community.”

Human nature as an understood reality was employed by our Founders as a protection of our liberty as Madison writes in Federalist 51:

“But the great security against a gradual concentration of the several powers in the same department, consists in giving to those who administer each department the necessary constitutional means and personal motives to resist encroachments of the others. The provision for defense must in this, as in all other cases, be made commensurate to the danger of attack. Ambition must be made to counteract ambition. The interest of the man must be connected with the constitutional rights of the place. It may be a reflection on human nature, that such devices should be necessary to control the abuses of government. But what is government itself, but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? 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. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself. A dependence on the people is, no doubt, the primary control on the government; but experience has taught mankind the necessity of auxiliary precautions.”

Human Nature Exists Because Man Exists In a Creator Designed System.

However, this reality is unacceptable for those whose power and authority is derived by teaching a faulty system that denies God as Creator. In denying a Creator, socio-economic fallacies replace the reality of human nature.

Karl Marx - Atheistic Communism Blames Socio-Economics Rather Than Human Nature

Rather than the truth that all men possess a nature of selfishness, greed, coveting, lying, cheating, capable of all kinds of divisiveness, evil intentions and deeds, the atheistic system teaches the fallacy that normal human nature is the result of socio-economic factors.

In other words, according to the atheistic system, people do what they do because of their education level, skin color, ethnic heritage, family/accident of birth, neighborhood they belong to, and financial standing, etc..

Madison’s Defined Factions Thrive In This Creator Denied Contrived¬† Reality

Therefore, politicians who deny the reality of man existing in a Creator Designed System, stand to benefit from the chaotic culture created by that very denial of reality. By removing the equalizing responsibility of human nature, the floodgates of man’s desire to blame and hold others responsible for his life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness are opened wide for exploitation.

Vice-President Biden

This is why as Senator and chairman of the Judicial Committee, current Vice-President Joe Biden used Clarence Thomas’ respect for Blackstone and his writings on Natural Law as a reason to block Thomas’ appointment to the Supreme Court. According to Biden, Thomas’ idea of Natural Law was incorrect because of its source, God Creator. Biden made issue that the concept of Natural Law:

  • needed to be filtered of God so that those principles would only be suitable for “individual morality”,
  • becoming instead “an evolving set of principles” rather than absolute law,
  • so that Natural Law could never be “a static set of unchanging principles”.

While personal agnosticism or atheism is an endowed Liberty to all men, the application of enforced atheism carries with it consequences that ripple out into the culture in horrifying ways. History clearly shows that all atheistic societies lead to mass murder, tyranny, and oppression. Those that simplistically believe man capable of compassion and altruistic acts without a god or religious principles are plagiarizing God and Christianity without acknowledging its transcendent source, therefore, they are commandment breakers within their basic foundational principles. Knowledge of the law is incapable of improving our human nature. This is the reality of human nature and the Creator designed system in which we live.

Our Founders were incredibly wise in their understanding of man as a created being endowed by that Creator with certain unalienable rights, while possessing a base human nature sorely in need of a restored relationship with a transcendent God.

To update Voltaire, I will pity the atheist, but I will defend to the death his liberty to deny his Creator.

It is clear that the very well-being of our nation is dependent upon accepting the reality of man living in a Creator designed system.


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