Letter #1: On America
“We live in serious times.” That’s a quote from John Adams to Thomas Jefferson, and indeed their lives had great impact on millions of people for the following two hundred years. The quote is applicable to today as well, because what takes place in the next decade in America will impact hundreds of millions of people for generations to come. The stakes are high: if we fail, we will become impoverished, subject to dictators, living in fear of government-protected criminals, as in many third world nations today. We will lose our Liberty, trading it for enslavement to a bankrupt government and social chaos. Great nations have always failed… but failure is not necessary – the tide can be turned – America can return to its greatness.
In these letters I want to pass the baton, as it were, to you. I want to share with you, simply, the core values and beliefs that America was founded upon, that have proven successful in creating the prosperous, free and exciting civilization that we enjoy. And I want to help you understand the threats to liberty that are eroding our foundations, the tempting ideas that will lead to slavery.
America, Land of Freedom and Opportunity
People love America because it stands for freedom. From the beginning, America was supremely the Land of Opportunity where there were no limits on a person; each man and woman had equal opportunity to make something of their life – to get an education, to marry anyone without regard for social class, to start a business of their choosing and to choose a career of their liking. America attracted millions of immigrants because there has been more opportunity in American than in any other country.
Today almost one-half of our citizens are “on the dole” from Washington, D.C. – many of our citizens have become dependent. We must re-establish the vision of the Land of Opportunity, the value of earned success, and the concept that Liberty carries with it responsibility – we are each responsible, in great measure, for our lives and our families. The Government is not responsible for us.
One Nation, Under God
Freedom of religion meant that anyone can practice the religion of their choice without persecution or interference; it is guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. Millions came to America to escape religious persecution in their homeland. “One Nation, Under God” described more than the fact that most Americans did trust in God, it expressed a commitment to live under God’s providential rule. Schools taught morality based on the Ten Commandments. Politicians often called on God for guidance, protection and blessing. Faith in God was seen by the Founders as essential for the survival of America. John Adams wrote “Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of another.” George Washington wrote “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports… Let us with caution indulge the supposition, that morality can be maintained without religion.” And Ben Franklin asked that prayer be offered at each session of the constitutional convention “I have lived, Sir, a long time and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth – that God governs the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probably that an empire can rise without his aid… I therefore move – that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning…”
Today, religion is banned from public schools and public institutions and public prayer can result in a person being fired or sued. Secularists are using the power of the federal government to coerce Christians to violate their religious beliefs (Christians are forced to pay for contraception and abortions, and sometimes to perform abortions in violation of their conscience). Christians are subject to verbal attacks, slander and many forms of injustice especially in our Universities and public institutions. We must push back, at times fighting in court and at times fighting in the arena of public opinion, to hold fast the rights of Religious Freedom guaranteed in the First Amendment to the Constitution.
Fundamentally, we as a people need to return to God; to see our sins and repent. We need a Great Awakening, a true return to God. Pray with me that God will again bless our land.
Rule of Law, not of Men
The founders were brilliant in their understanding of human nature and the political systems of the past. They had first-hand experience with the Rule of Man – where Kings were above the law and could do whatever they wanted to, which sometimes led to imprisonment and death for people whose ideas they didn’t like. They carefully designed a democratic political system with checks and balances, with distribution of power between Federal and states and between three branches of government, to prevent the accumulation of power in any one person. America was to be unique as a nation of Law, not of Men. They understood the temptation of power, and that “absolute power corrupts, absolutely.” Ben Franklin answered an old woman in Philadelphia, who had asked him “What kind of a government have you given us, Sir?” with “A Republic, Ma’am, If you can keep it.” Why did he say that? He was keenly aware of the temptation for politicians to make promises they cannot keep, to buy votes with special favors. The founders gambled that the American people would be morally good enough to identify and elect good and moral representatives who would honestly represent the people’s interest rather than seek their personal power or fortune or subvert the system to their own ends.
Today we have a political class, a collection of politicians who win elections and accumulate power and wealth by selling out the country. They no longer represent “We the People”, they manipulate us to stay in power. The national debt, at over $15,000,000,000,000 ($15 TRILLION) is an absolute disgrace and a moral outrage! According the USDebtClock.org, that amounts to $50,000 per citizen or $136,000 per taxpayer (because less than half of us pay taxes now). It is shameful to bankrupt our children and grandchildren. It is difficult to see how it can ever be paid off. Think about this for a moment. How can it be paid off? Obama’s plan to “tax the rich” would only generate enough income to pay about ONE DAY of deficit spending per year! We must return to fiscal sanity, spending only what we get in revenue. Cuts in spending will be very painful –the media will be incessant in showing crying people who are put out of a government job or taken off welfare by the “cuts” – but the alternative is much worse.
This will be the political fight of your lifetime. It will require discipline, hard work, and investment of time and money (to elect conservative representatives who will stand firm for financial discipline) on the part of millions of Americans. Prepare yourself for many years of very difficult belt-tightening in Washington, D. C. if we are to survive as a free country. You will need to elect, defend and support brave politicians who dare to make the cuts and raise the ire of the bureaucrats that will be losing power and money. Whenever a politician promises more than they can deliver – vote for somebody else.
Beware of any President (or Chief Justice) who ignores or willfully violates the law – that is an extremely dangerous man, who should be removed from office immediately (by impeachment), or at the next election. They have betrayed their oath to uphold the constitution, which guarantees that “no man is above the law.”
Our Federal Government is so HUGE in comparison to anything that the Founding Fathers would have imagined, that it seems to have a life of its own – it keeps growing and growing, in spite of repeated attempts to control or restrain its growth. Power corrupts. There is far too much power and far too much money in Washington, D. C. It will require Conservative Congressmen, Senators and Presidents of high moral character, with immense courage, who see themselves as servants of the people, to seriously cut spending, eliminate self-serving bureaucracies, and return control of the government to “We the People.” For more information about the country our Forefathers envisioned, and how far we have strayed off the path, read We Still Hold These Truths by Matthew Spalding and Be the People by Carol Swain.