American politics in its infancy was formed and perceived with a distinct and qualifying world view that needed little definition to its founding parents (the mothers are every bit as important as the fathers). They did not always agree or even have exact goals but they did concur on foundations eloquently penned in our nations’ establishment documents. This perception is the only way to see clearly, with 20/20 vision, the road our founders envisioned for the United States of America.
Andrew Cuomo, the New York Governor,
is a prime example of any bias political intolerant opinion but surely demonstrated
the liberal lefts’ modern embrace of their common narcissistic prejudice and inability
to debate the issues; e.g. “I’m right so you have to be wrong”.
If you haven’t heard yet, Mr.
Cuomo believes conservatives who oppose abortion and gay rights and favor
traditional gun ownership “have
no place in the state of New York.’’ With this said I’m almost
reluctant to admit that I am from, was born in, New York State. But I’m not
reluctant because I know many people and have family from that great state and
they will disagree with any such ignorant intolerance publicly demonstrated. At
least in my new home state of Arkansas, both sides of the political arena (at
least from the area I reside) normally will debate the issues until, at the
very least, we can “agree to disagree”. I have yet heard a public official declare
someone was not welcomed because of a difference of opinion.
The issue with such demonstrated
liberal intolerance is they cannot comprehend there is a worldview held by most
conservatives that drives their moral compass and hold it as the truth. The rub is liberals do not believe this conservative
worldview is right and draw their conclusions from other values. The debate
should revolve around this point but rarely is and most times because those
values are not understood or recognized to begin the debate. Both opposing
sides argue their values are the truth … but neither can prove beyond any facts
learned through experiments and observation their “truth” is absolute. This
is the reason the liberal left drives to silence a different viewpoint, because
it’s easier, faster, less messy and ignores the problem that conservatives could
convince others there might be valid reasons for their opinion, changing the
direction of public opinion. God forbid people find an alternative reason to
keep America within its proven success based on its founding principles. No,
liberals want to “fundamentally
transform the United States of America” as promised by our current
The debate revolves around the
founding of America and whether those values are still valid for today or will
we become another declining nation like all the others that tried socialist type
values and fail. This is where the people of this nation should be focusing any
debate and all the rest will become moot.
"Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political
prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. It is impossible
to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible."
- George Washington
"Without morals a republic cannot subsist any length of time; they
therefore who are decrying the Christian religion, whose morality is so sublime
and pure (and) which insures to the good eternal happiness, are undermining the
solid foundation of morals, the best security for the duration of free
- Charles Carroll signer of the Declaration of Independence
“Character is like a
tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree
is the real thing.”
We have become a nation blinded
to, or ignorant of the color of character. I use that analogy simply to help
showcase my argument. Back when our nation was young and developing, the
leaders and writers of our foundation were people whom the common citizen
recognized as individuals that drove for individual liberty, freedom and common
good because they could see the color of character in the ones serving them.
This ability was nurtured by
common values founded in the struggle for freedom from an overbearing
government and society that stole the common man’s property, liberty and
religious independence so as to control the masses for the purpose of wealth
and power at their expense. The color of character was learned and appreciated
because the individual needed it to fight and keep the truth that all men are
created equal and deserve the right to pursue happiness by guaranteeing the
opportunity to strive to be the best person he considered was good, right, and
truthful to the advantage of all.
So you’re asking, what is the
color of character? Character is something needing discernment and not obvious
by mere physical observation. It can only be evaluated through values and
standards of the one making the appraisal by observing someone’s choices,
reactions and consistency that forms their integrity. This is not always easy
and requires knowledge and personal discipline found only in one’s own
developing integrity, which can be shallow or growing.
The “color” depends on the values
and philosophies someone uses to determine the integrity of people and the measure
used for that “color”. Again, this is
not always easy and people will readily make their opinions based on someone
else’s work without questioning the color. Definitely different from telling if
someone’s skin is red, black, white, yellow or brown and any various in
between. This takes little to no effort to determine, but has been used to
label people as privileged, rich, poor, ignorant, intelligent, bad, good, et.
No one would argue this is wrong.
But it seems today we the people
have become blind to the color of character. That our last president was
elected more based on the color of his skin rather the color of his character
is a sad commentary to where we have gone. Don’t get me wrong, I can think of a
dozen other people that share our current president’s skin color but have a
complete opposite color of character that I would have been proud to support
whether they are a man or a woman. I find it ironic that the president who
fought so hard to free people from the prejudice of their skin color and quoted
by this president as a role model for his presidency has a character color in
complete opposition to Lincoln’s for America.
“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to
test a man's character, give him power.”
“Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my
greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right.”
"But a Constitution of
Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty once lost
is lost forever."
Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 7 July 1775
Revival is needed if the United
States of America is to keep what the founding fathers gave us. All people, all
parties; Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, Green, ET, need an American
revival. It is needed to reveal the heart and intentions of our founding
fathers’ vision, originated in our federal republic. We want freedom and
liberty without understanding where the virtues needed to support them come
Revival starts with understanding
the current direction leads towards less liberty and independence with more government
dependency, which makes us reflect upon the contrary reformist ideas that eat
away our foundations. Revival can be seen in organization like The HeritageFoundation and the Tea Party movement but each person needs to determine the
path that teaches them what is needed and how to get there. Another might be
the philosophy of Ayn Rand and the role of capitalism, which she eloquently portrayed
in her novel Atlas Shrugged.
Benjamin Franklin’s answer to Mrs.
Powel’s question, “Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?”
is just relevant today. His reply, “A republic, if you can keep it.”
The challenge before us is realizing we have wandered off
the path that fuels our desire for honor and virtues, which touch the inner sense
of self-worth, personal strength and empathy that drives us to be the best we
can for our family, friends, neighbors and countrymen. Study our history and
these things can be found in the strength of our roots and though not all
pervasive, the larger share which lifted and propelled us to be the greatest
nation in a millennium.
This is the time for an American revival.
"America ever is what she
thinks herself to be. Governed by sentiment, and acting her own mind, she
becomes, as she pleases, the victor or the victim."
Utopian schemes of leveling (re-distribution
of the wealth) and a community of goods (government controlled/central ownership of the means of production
and distribution), are as visionary and impractical as those which vest
all property in the Crown. [These ideas] are arbitrary (choices and actions which are done not
by means of any underlying principle or logic), despotic (ruling with absolute political power),
and, in our government, unconstitutional.” (Italics
added for emphasis)
Our founding fathers understood
that any form of socialism was antagonistic to the republic they wanted to
establish. Over the last eighty plus
years we have been playing with the philosophies of it through Democratic and/or Fabian Socialism and now President Obama is not hiding but embracing the policies of it. I
truly respect Charles Krauthammer. He understands and gives credit to brilliant political maneuvering, even when it’s anti-capitalistic and anti-American. Evil men
have been in places of power, though many would not discern the modifier “evil”
because of their blind spot amplified with their anti-Christian philosophical
ignorance. I only hope Americans learn to understand Obama has an agenda that
reflects nothing that supports the values this country was found upon.
God has slowly been removed from
most public institutions leaving a vacuum. When principals of our republic,
founded on ideas based on Christian-Judea values are not applied the
alternative is the socialism of re-distribution of the wealth. Freedom and
liberty are not easy and sometime very difficult to achieve but far superior to
the option of allowing any government to replace the work needed to maintain
them. We need to continue the hard work of teaching all Americans what it takes
to make the government work for us and not us bowing to the government.
"A primary object should be
the education of our youth in the science of government. In a republic, what
species of knowledge can be equally important? And what duty more pressing than
communicating it to those who are to be the future guardians of the liberties
of the country?" George
analogies used in this article are intended only to clarify or support an idea
of marriage and is not intended to be applied otherwise, anywhere or upon
anyone in a demeaning manner. It would not be accepted by this author.
"In forming and settling my belief relative to the
doctrines of Christianity, I adopted no articles from creeds but such only as,
on careful examination, I found to be confirmed by the Bible."
John Jay 1st
Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
"Now I will avow, that I
then believe, and now believe, that those general Principles of Christianity
are as eternal and immutable, as the Existence and Attributes of God; and that
those Principles of Liberty, are as unalterable as human Nature and our terrestrial,
Adams 2nd U.S. President
You don’t say golfing is tennis.
You don’t call a rabbit a duck.
It just makes common sense in our
culture and way of life to keep certain main beliefs and actions defined so we
can accurately respond to the needs involved across those varying principles.
See, it wouldn’t be good to house a rabbit on a pond or compete at golf with a
racket instead of a club. They are different. Not one better than the other or
extraordinary from the additional, but rather just handled differently based on
facts. It would be unfair to everyone involved if the duck was cultured as the
rabbit or if tennis was scored the same as golf.
That is not to say when things
are very similar or they respond in like ways or are biblical, we treat them
with comparable reactions.
"In giving freedom to
the slave, we assure freedom to the free - honorable alike in what we give, and
what we preserve. … The way is plain, peaceful, generous, just - a way which,
if followed, the world will forever applaud, andGod must forever bless." (emphasis added)
Lincoln's Second Annual
Message to Congress, December 1, 1862.
An individual is a person whether he is black,
white, red, brown, has two arms or one and we know this because in America we
base our individual values found by inalienable rights defined on the cultural initial
principals the founding father used for our governmental structure. Yes, Judeo-Christian values found in God’s word, which the founders believed was the only
way our government can work.
Under these facts, marriage is a
union between a man and a woman for the purposes defined within the context of values
this republic was founded on (outlined above).
Does that mean American’s ignore the beliefs of others who want to play
a different game then how our government has been established to work on? No.
But you don’t call golf tennis when it is not. Marriage is between a man and a
woman but if others believe differently than give them similar advantages but
don’t call it marriage. It is a different union. Maybe it should have the same
advantages as a marriage but that doesn’t mean it is one. People can play golf
or tennis, but it is just too confusing to call them both the same thing and
keep score or even finish with winning results. Ducks can live in wooded areas
with the rabbits but they do better if we give them a pond to play and feed
from. I will gladly give my gay friends support for the same type advantages I get
in my marriage with my wife, but just don’t call it something it’s not. You need
to come up with a name for your new game and then we can talk about the rules.
are zealously performing the duties of good citizens and soldiers, we certainly
ought not to be inattentive to the higher duties of religion. To the
distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the
more distinguished character of Christian."
“But when a
long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object
evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their (citizens of USA) right, it is their
duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future
security.” - The Declaration of
Independence (italics added)
The 56 signers of the Declaration of Independent determined
that in order for a free people to obtain and keep freedom and liberty, drastic
measures were needed. Then, it was Boston Tea Party and a military revolution. Now, after decades with similar feelings of “long
train of abuses and usurpations” we feel the beating back of modern citizens’
liberties and a small government that focuses on the original tenants our
founders established. We find ourselves at a similar crossroads of an intrusive
and overbearing “king”.
The Declarations goes on to say, “The history of the present
King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all
having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these
States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.” Read and see
if some of these “facts” seem to be repeated today?”
refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good."
"He has erected a multitude of New
Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out
"He has combined with others to
subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by
our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation."
"For imposing Taxes on us without
"For taking away our Charters,
abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our
I believe we are at the same defining moment but with a
greater advantage. There are those that might shout, “BEAR OUR ARMS” but we
have a greater weapon, supplied by our founding fathers and those who fought to
obtain and keep them. All we need is for “the people” to educate themselves and
others on the mechanism of our American Republic and then vote for those who
understand them and support the intent of liberties it is all found on. I’m
encouraged that some movement has be made in this direction the last few years
but there is much, much more work to be done.
It is the duty of every American citizen to learn and
understand what our founding fathers envisioned, entertain cultural and philosophical
ideas (which are more than less) that fit the republic framework as founded by
the framers and vote to encourage those that support these percepts.Complaining is useless without vision that repairs
You may have read some of my blog and notice I refer to the
American Republic often as opposed to a democracy. Americans need to understand
this difference. I leave you with several quotes the founding father said about
a democracy and hope you are intrigued enough to find out why.
Benjamin Rush, signer of the Declaration of Independence - “a
simple democracy ... is one of the greatest of evils."
James Madison, U.S. President "Democracies, in general,
have been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their
John Adams, signer and U.S. President- "Remember,
democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There
never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide."
John Quincy Adams, U.S. President "The experience of
all former ages had shown that of all human governments, democracy was the most
unstable, fluctuating and short-lived."
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and pursuit of Happiness: that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed (italics added).
Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776
"The experiment is made, and has completely succeeded: it can no longer be called in question, whether authority in magistrates, and obedience of citizens, can be grounded on reason, morality, and the Christian religion, without the monkery of priests, or the knavery of politicians." (Italics added)
John Adams 1788, "A Defense of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America"
It’s a new year and by the end of it I hope a new direction for our government.
There are those of the Liberal left who have, over the years, been promoting a perverted or ignorant form of patriotism that ignores the roots of a true American patriot. They use familiar arguments such as the following about our Pledge of Allegiance.
“The Pledge in use today, written by Francis Bellamy in 1892, was modified by the U.S. congress in 1954 by adding the words “under God” and in effect turning it into an unconstitutional public prayer. There are millions of Americans who believe in God but do not believe they are "under" God.”
I’m not in total disagreement with the premise but I don’t think public prayer is unconstitutional (another blog for another time) and the reason for the modification was for the purpose of amplifying the intent of the founding fathers. Americans don’t have to believe they are “under” God or even need to believe in God but rather, all need to understand our nations’ working principals and philosophies are based and work only in the context of religious Judea-Christian teachings that our founding fathers used to establish our government. Until the early twentieth century it didn’t need to be highlighted because it was implied by all our major founding documents and understood by every American because it was taught as such. Today those principals are ignored or purposely obscured using perverted liberal philosophy that the liberals of the Abraham Lincoln era would not recognize or agree with.
As for “In God We Trust” on our money, yes, it was not on our paper currency until 1956 but has been on our coins since 1863 largely because of the increased religious sentiment existing during the Civil War. Secretary of the Treasury Salmon P. Chase instructed James Pollock, Director of the Mint at Philadelphia, to prepare a motto, in a letter dated November 20, 1861. This was largely in part because of liberal thought of the time, something liberals of today would not understand. It was liberal thought of the pre-civil war that blacks were equal under the constitution who wanted “In God We Trust” on our money. This is something “conservatives” of today understand but progressive liberal want to discourage for their own perverted American idea. Again, we need to amplify the intent of our founding because it is not taught as the truth it still is today.
“If men of wisdom and knowledge, of moderation and temperance, of patience, fortitude and perseverance, of sobriety and true republican simplicity of manners, of zeal for the honour of the Supreme Being and the welfare of the commonwealth; if men possessed of these other excellent qualities are chosen to fill the seats of government, we may expect that our affairs will rest on a solid and permanent foundation (italics added).”
Samuel Adams, letter to Elbridge Gerry, November 27, 1780