The intent of my blog is to organize my own thoughts but I have discovered one thing. Study leads to further knowledge expressed by more diligent students and thinkers. Here is one those excerpts with a link to the page. This is the introduction to the book which can be read at the link below.
H. Verlan. Anderson The Moral Basis of a Free Society
Why Men Establish Governments
All Government Action Is Either Good Or Evil
The Moral Problem Plainly Discernible
The Moral Problem Extends Beyond The Imposition Of Penalties
The Moral Issue Present In Every Branch of the Law
The Necessity of a Universal Moral Code
The Tendency To Violate Private Moral Principles Through Public Action
The Dangers Of Conflict And Constant Change In Political Affairs
The internal effects of a mutable policy are still more calamitous. It poisons the blessing of liberty itself. It will be of little avail to the people, that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man, who knows what the law is to-day, can guess what it will be to-morrow. Law is defined to be a rule of action; but how can that be a rule, which is little known, and less fixed?
In another point of view, great injury results from an unstable government. The want of confidence in the public councils damps every useful undertaking, the success and profit of which may depend on a continuance of existing arrangements. What prudent merchant will hazard his fortunes in any new branch of commerce when he knows not but that his plans may be rendered unlawful before they can be executed? What farmer or manufacturer will lay himself out for the encouragement given to any particular cultivation or establishment, when he can have no assurance that his preparatory labors and advances will not render him a victim to an inconstant government? In a word, no great improvement or laudable enterprise can go forward which requires the auspices of a steady system of national policy.
But the most deplorable effect of all is that diminution of attachment and reverence which steals into the hearts of the people, towards a political system which betrays so many marks of infirmity, and disappoints so many of their flattering hopes. No government, any more than an individual, will long be respected without being truly respectable; nor be truly respectable, without possessing a certain portion of order and stability.