The Founders' Code

The Founders’ Code

What did the “whistleblower” Democrats bent on impeachment and Republicans have in common? We might say that they focused on and continue to focus on politically trivial ideas, but the problem goes much deeper than that. There is a radical failure in the Democratic collective to understand what the Founders intended for America, and a misunderstanding of human nature and the checks and balances built into the Constitution to account for the failures of human nature. John Adams put his finger squarely on the problem in 1798 in an address to the Massachusetts Militia.

“We have no Government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net.“

“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious People. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

James Fisher of the Baltimore Sun noted in more recent times that: “A rational society, be it a corporation or a country, can only maintain itself if personal responsibility and accountability are at its core; that is, from top to bottom, every agent or citizen must be empowered to conduct her or his role and to be fully accountable for its performance. To the extent that this is done, there is order, freedom, efficiency and progress, but when personal accountability is diffused, the ultimate result is license, confusion, backbiting, and finally a frightening and destructive anarchy. As Plato wrote in the Republic, in such a society even the dogs become arrogant.”

The Founding Fathers of America provided a code for human behavior that they enshrined in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. The Founders’ Code contained a deep understanding of five critical institutions:

  1. Business
  2. Education
  3. Family
  4. Government
  5. Religion

The orderly development of society involves balance, cooperation and respect between these five orders of social reality. History teaches us that if any one of these five institutions becomes unbalanced or has influence out of proportion to its proper function, the entire social order will suffer. The current economic and political difficulties in which we find ourselves can be directly attributed to a failure of both liberals and conservatives to fully grasp the interrelated nature of the institutions of Business, Education, Family, Government and Religion.

The greatest thing a government and statesmen can do is to encourage cooperation between these five institutions that make up society. Government serves best when there is a recognition that good governance exists to serve and to facilitate the mutually reinforcing dynamic between the five institutions. Additionally, short-term business needs and long-term economic interests that benefit the maximum number of citizens needs to be highlighted.

A new program or agenda of cooperation between the private and public sector is needed. Those who claim that the adoption of the Founders’ Code would be contrary to the separation of Church and State need only reflect a moment on the reality that atheism is a religion. The word religion simply means “to bind”. Atheists, no less than Deists, are bound by their beliefs.

The principles of the Founders’ Code need to be reflected on and implemented, over time, at all levels of American society. America was not founded by the Civil Liberties Union and the current liberal enterprise to delink America from any reference to God is in direct contradiction to the thinking of the Founders and is contributing to the moral decline of America. The fall of Rome was once unthinkable, as is the fall of America, but if we do not return to the values of the Founders, what is unthinkable may become our unfortunate reality.



  1. Existence is the ultimate force in the universe and source of all religion.
  2. The soul or life-force is a dynamic link between Existence and all living things.
  3. Moral law is based on a relationship between Existence and the soul.
  4. Responsibility and accountability are based on a hierarchy of moral and intellectual values.
  5. There are five intellectual values: Science, Wisdom, Understanding, Prudence and Art.
  6. There are ten moral values: Courage, Self-Restraint (Continence), Liberality, Magnificence, Magnanimity (selfless generosity), Honor, Gentleness, Friendship, Truthfulness, and Justice.
  7. The vices or bad habits, such as gluttony, greed, laziness, intemperance, lack of self-restraint (incontinence), cowardice, injustice, lying, parsimony (cheapness), rudeness, ill-temper, impatience, violence and hatred are the doorway to evil.
  8. Honor and happiness come to those who practice moral and intellectual excellence.
  9. The family is the first school of the soul.
  10. All things return to Existence. This is the basis for the mystery of life.



Sean O’Reilly

Architect of the Founders’ Code

Author and Consultant

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