Friday, January 13, 2012
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