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Magna Carta 800 Years Later and The Law That Governs Government

John sealing the Magna Carta by Frank Wood, 1925

Today marks the 800th anniversary of England’s Magna Carta, the “Great Charter” of liberty.

In recognition of the anniversary CHQ contributor Mark Fitzgibbons writes about “Magna Carta and the Law that Governs Government” at American Thinker.  Fitzgibbons is co-author with Richard Viguerie of The Law That Governs Government: Reclaiming The Constitution From Usurpers And Society’s Biggest Lawbreaker, which may be downloaded for free.

Fitzgibbons gives a brief summary of how Magna Carta became part of the common law, and notes its importance for the Founders and the shaping of the Constitution as “fundamental and paramount” law over government itself.

He writes about Magna Carta, “Its greatness comes from protecting freedom by placing government itself under the rule of law.”

“Magna Carta, like its American cousin the Constitution, is not a mere compact but is law over government,” Fitzgibbons notes. “With the Constitution, however, the Founders added something special to the rule of law over government. The Constitution is, by its very terms, supreme law. Chief Justice John Marshall described it in Marbury v. Madison as our ‘fundamental and paramount law.’”

What makes the Constitution law? “The Constitution did not merely create, form and “constitute” American government. It is law governing what the legislature, the executive, the courts, and even the states may or may not do.”

As he and Richard Viguerie explained already in The Law That Governs Government, government is society’s oldest, biggest and most pervasive lawbreaker. “Violations of this paramount law are not mere overreach or lawlessness; they are ‘illegal,’” writes Fitzgibbons at American Thinker today.

As to the “natural law” bases of our system of laws, it began with “Magna Carta’s purposes [that] were nevertheless more profound than mere politics. It was self-described as written for the “salvation” of those whose rights were violated by King John’s lawbreaking. Magna Carta was therefore in the spirit of Paul’s letter to the Galatians: ‘You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free.’”

Magna Carta’s celebration today is relevant to what’s happening in America right now: “From 1215 to 2015, we see the nature of government power to violate rights by violating the rule of law.”

Fitzgibbons points out that the Constitution “is not always understood or appreciated.” He connects the influences that Magna Carta had on the way we constructed our Constitution.

One thing we as Americans can attest to is that we love our freedom and our rights. And without the Magna Carta, our country may not have had the outline that helped form our country.

To read Mark Fitzgibbons full thoughts on the connection between Magna Carta, the Constitution and the law that governs government go to here, and you may even leave your comments.

Also, download for free The Law That Governs Government: Reclaiming The Constitution From Usurpers And Society’s Biggest Lawbreaker. Send it to family, friends and colleagues, or bring it to your next meeting of constitutional conservatives. 

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