Some things are self-evident and we don’t have to refer to founding principles for guidance. We have the foundation that was set before us with the creation of a national government under the Constitution. It is up to us, We the People, to restrict that government to the constitutional limitations placed on it.
Social changes notwithstanding, the principles of a federal republic and the limitations of that federal government to protect the rights and property of the people, led to prosperity for as long as the representatives of the people operated within those constitutional limitations, and did truly represent the best interests of their constituents.
The purpose of government is not to produce laws, but to protect the people under the laws set forth that are constitutionally valid. Those laws that are prohibited by the Constitution are by their very nature, null and void under the limitations of the Constitution.
The love of liberty was the cause that birthed this nation and giving up that love will be its downfall.