Baron de Montesquieu – November 2, 1754

Experience the American dream with today’s Patriot of the Past interview. I’m your host, John Gillespie.

It’s November 2, 1754. I’m in Paris, France, with Baron de Montesquieu.

JG: “Monsieur, in your classic book, The Spirit of the Laws, what is your main argument?”

BDM: “Mr. Gillespie, I believe the key to successful government is to have the power separated and balanced against each other, and that laws of men should be based upon the laws of God, as found in the Holy Scriptures.”

Montesquieu’s book, The Spirit of the Laws, profoundly influenced the checks and balance system adopted by the Founding Fathers.

Read more about Charles-Louis de Secondat, Baron de la Brède et de Montesquieu.
Read more about Montesquieu’s The Spirit of the Laws.

John and Jan Gillespie are the founders of the Rawhide Boys’ Ranch; they have fostered 351 teenagers and wrote the book Our 351 Sons; they have also assisted numerous churches in developing youth programs and expanding their total church ministries. After running for U.S. Senate, John founded 1776 American Dream, which exists to demonstrate the vision of our founding fathers and help our generation of youth passionately embrace those values.

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