On Feb. 1, 1784, George Washington wrote to Marquis de Lafayette: "At length my Dear Marquis I am become a private citizen on the banks of the Potomac, and under the shadow of my own Vine and my own Fig tree." [Micah 4] This phrase occurs at least 11 times in Washington's letters.
Like most Americans in our prosperous and blessed history, George Washington desired to live peacefully under his "own vine and fig tree" without fear. However he sacrificed half of his life in selfless service and warfare to insure this dream for future generations. History clearly details for us the only proven plan to prosperity. The pages of history are filled with the poverty and tyranny that have dominated every nation. The few exceptions have followed a narrow, but liberating, way to sustained wealth and economic growth.
America's Founders were Biblicists and understood that the pattern of economic death began with the first covetous murder of Abel by Cain. They knew that as men progressively turned from their Creator, they looked to enrich themselves at the expense of others. The ancients soon discovered that rather than kill others to get wealth, they could, through force and deceit, make those individuals slaves or servants. They then could confiscate (steal) the wealth of the people in the name of the state or the will of their fickle deities.
The economic theory and practice of all ancient societies, except for the Hebrew republic, was that of a forced big government bureaucracy or "command economy." Professor Rodney Stark defines command economies as those in the ancient or modern world in which "both markets and labor are commanded and coerced rather than allowed to function freely, and the exaction and consumption of wealth is the primary goal of the state." These command economies operate in nations in which the government controls the peoples’ wealth. They always lead people of all economic brackets to produce less and hide or hoard whatever wealth they have.
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