Friday, February 8, 2013
"But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty once lost is lost forever."
John Adams, 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 from.
Revival starts with understanding the current direction leads towards less liberty and 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."
Thomas Paine, December 23, 1776