Edward Wilks - The Tradesmen Gun Store - 128 East 3rd Street Rifle CO 81650 Colorado - Advanced Combat Training

Edward Wilks - The Tradesmen Gun Store - 128 East 3rd Street Rifle CO 81650 Colorado - Advanced Combat Training

We Believe in - W. Cleon Skousen's Book The 5000 Leap

W. Cleon Skousen’s Book "The 5000 Leap"




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My challenge to you:


Please, be humble and accept the fact that you do not know everything, and, that you do not understand everything, and, that there are things that are greater than you in this universe.  Also, understand that you might be completely wrong in your thoughts and your beliefs about our world, our nation, and our society.  Be aware of the fact that our current leaders and current direction might be the worst thing that our nation has ever endured.  With humility, in creeps wisdom…


Next, be submissive for a moment and answer the following two questions honestly…


Do you believe that the Founding Fathers were divinely inspired, by God, to create this nation, the United States of America, and this government?  If yes, then accept their plan and principles and support it and contribute to its health in a positive way.  If not, then how about this…


Do you believe that the Founding Fathers were the most intelligent men regarding history, government, and society having studied Plato, Aristotle, Marcus Tullius Cicero, Hobbes, Locke, Montesquieu, Rousseau, the Federalist and Anti-federalist Papers, Greece, Rome, Europe and so forth, and therefore had the keenest insight and the most profound understanding available to any human?  If yes, then embrace the fact that their plan and structure is the best for all mankind and offers the most perfect model for guaranteed happiness and the greatest possibility of long-lasting success.  If no, then you are wrong.  No person living today can possibly fathom and appreciate the profound fragilities interwoven with the risks and rewards of experimenting in this miraculous way.


If you cannot answer either or both of these questions in the affirmative, then you selfishly believe that you know everything that has ever happened in the universe, and everything that is happening in the universe, and everything that ever will happen in the universe and you are incapable of being influenced by history, fact, and logic, and I have nothing for you.  Period.


-Edward J. Wilks


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            (These are listed in order as they appear in the book.  Each chapter offers greater detail, history, and explanation on each point.  I highly recommend that you take the time to read and thoroughly “mentally-digest” these teachings.  All of our lives would improve if we learn, live, and teach these principles to others.)





The Founding Fathers’ Basic Principles

28 Great Ideas the Changed the World




1st Principle: The Genius of Natural Law

The only reliable basis for sound government and just human relations is natural law.


2nd Principle: A Virtuous and Moral People 

A free people cannot survive under a Republican Constitution unless they remain virtuous and morally strong.


3rd Principle: Virtuous and Moral Leaders

The most promising method of securing a virtuous and morally stable people is to elect virtuous leaders.


4th Principle: The Role of Religion

Without religion, the government of a free people cannot be maintained.


5th Principle:  The Role of the Creator

All things were created by God, Therefore upon Him, all mankind are equally dependent, and to Him they are equally responsible.


6th Principle: All Men are Created Equal

All men are created equal.


7th Principle: Equal Rights, Not Equal Things

The proper role of government is to protect equal rights, not provide equal things.


8th Principle: Man’s Unalienable Rights

Men are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights.


9th Principle: The Role of Revealed Law

To protect man’s rights, God has revealed certain principles of Divine Law.


10th Principle: Sovereignty of the People

The God-given right to govern is vested in the sovereign authority of the whole people.


11th Principle: Who Can Alter the Government?

The majority of the people may alter or abolish a government which has become tyrannical.


12th Principle: Advantages of a Republic

The United States of America shall be a Republic.


13th Principle: Protection Against Human Frailty

A constitution should be structured to permanently protect the people from the human frailties of their rulers.


14th Principle: Property Rights Essential to Liberty

Life and liberty are secure only so long as the right to property is secure.


15th Principle: Free-market Economics

The highest level of prosperity occurs when there is a free-market economy and a minimum of government regulations.


16th Principle: The Separation of Powers

The government should be separated into three branches – Legislative, Executive, and Judicial.


17th Principle: Checks and Balances

A system of checks and balance should be adopted to prevent the abuse of power.


18th Principle: Importance of a Written Constitution

The unalienable rights of the people are most likely to be preserved if the principles of government are set forth in a written constitution.


19th Principle: Limiting and Defining the Powers of Government

Only limited and carefully defined powers should be delegated to government, all others being retained in the people.


20th Principle: Majority Rule, Minority Rights

Efficiency and dispatch require government to operate according to the will of the majority, but constitutional provisions must be made to protect the rights of the minority.


21st Principle: Strong Local Self-government

Strong local self-government is the keystone to preserving human freedom.


22nd Principle: Government by Law, Not Men

A free people should be governed by law and not by whims of men.


23rd Principle: Importance of an Educated Electorate

A free society cannot survive as a republic without a broad program of general education.


24th Principle: Peace Through Strength

A free people will not survive unless they stay strong.


25th Principle: Avoid Entangling Alliances

“Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations – entangling alliances with none.”  -Thomas Jefferson


26th Principle: Protecting the Role of the Family

The core unit which determines the strength of any society is the family; Therefore, the government should foster and protect its integrity.


27th Principle: Avoiding the Burden of Debt

The burden of debt is as destructive to freedom as subjugation by conquest.


28th Principle: The Founders’ Sense of Manifest Destiny

The United States has a manifest destiny to be an example and a blessing to the entire human race.