Skip to comments.Res Publica (The perfect apolitical article to give your lib friends.)
Posted on 04/17/2012 4:24:17 PM PDT by HMS Surprise
A guilty pleasure, that I surrender to occasionally, involves quizzing my fellow conservative compatriots about the core historical knowledge that is often taken for granted. Long before the Tea Party came along there was a burgeoning conservative movement in America that sought to rediscover and recover ancient principles and ideals of mans relationship with government.
From Goldwater to Reagan, Limbaugh to Levin, and talk radio to the limitless font of internet information, historical truth is making a comeback.
Lets start at the beginning. Before Caesar came the Republic. Res Publica, correctly translated, means the public thing. In a Republic the public thing is: The Law. This seems to be simple enough to understand, but in a society that has promoted the notion of democracy for a century, republican theory can be confusing to some. Make no mistake, and most conservatives agree, we live in a republic, and democracy is in no way a friend to its continued existence. But, I digress.
So if a republic refers to law, which law is it referring to? Is it referring to a constitution? Is that what a republic is? A nation with a constitution? Question: If the Constitution disappeared tomorrow, would the Republic disappear also?
Our Republic rests on ancient law that has its roots in the Old Testament, and its branches in the New Testament. This law gained a stamp of approval with the Magna Carta, and since the printing press it has acquired an ever-expanding iteration in what is often called case law. Our republic, and any republic for that matter, sits firmly upon the law of nature, and natures God. In America this universal denominator is called English Common Law.
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