Humbling Presidents Under the Law

David Corbin and Matthew Parks, both at The King’s College in New York, have proposed a useful political tradition that would be inspired with biblical wisdom, and they have posted it at First Things, “The Constitution Pledge” (Sept. 8, 2010).

It was the duty of the Old Testament kings of Israel to administer justice according to the law that God had given to Moses. Embedded within that law, long before any king actually reigned in Israel, was the following command: “And when he [the king] sits on the throne of his kingdom, he shall write for himself in a book a copy of this law…. And it shall be with him, and he shall read in it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the Lord his God by keeping all the words of this law and these statutes.” (Deut. 17:18-20 [ESV])

This was to remind each Israelite king, ” that he is yet a servant, rather than a master.”

Corbin and Parks suggest that a candidate for the office of President of the United States pledge during the campaign that, if elected, he will write out by hand the Constitution in its entirety, and hand the manuscript to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court just before he administers oath of office.

Dr. Corbin is an Associate Professor of Politics and Chairman of the Politics, Philosophy, and Economics Department at The King’s College in New York City. Dr. Parks is Assistant Provost and a Lecturer in Politics at The King’s College in New York City.

Their proposal received a mention from Jon Seidl at The Blaze, something that Glenn Beck operates.


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