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G Washington on Natural Law

G Washington on Natural Law


In light of my posts yesterday on natural law, my brother Fat Wally Smith, sent me this article which cites George Washington’s thoughts on what virtues are indispensable to a free, self- governing people. Fat Wally also reminded me that when our father was a student at the University of Virginia Law School, natural law was not only acknowledged, but it was taught. When FW and I were in law school, such a thought was heretical to an increasingly leftist faculty. What is natural law? Virtually everyone knows the difference between right and wrong. In countless incidents, there is a right course of action and a wrong one. We might not always choose the right course, but we know the difference ( btw, this is what guilt is). All law has to be based on a recognized and accepted authority. You can’t see natural law. It is not chiseled in marble on the frieze of a Greco-Roman building, yet, it exists in a ubiquitous fashion in every corner of the globe and in virtually every human heart. Where does this law of basic right and wrong come from? It has to emanate from a source. There ain’t but one place….. and George Washington knew way back then that when our leaders turned their backs on real “truth,” the great American experiment would be doomed.

Rob Smith

Rob Smith is a lawyer and Managing Director of Chartwell Capital in Richmond, Virginia. He is mean as a snake and likes to kick little puppies when he see them. He also enjoys making children cry and tripping old ladies. He is extremely superficial and shallow. His favorite pastimes/hobbies are pissing people off, littering and being obnoxious.

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