America is going down a path that she cannot sustain. Yet there are ways to get her back on course. Our Founding Fathers left us with a good idea of what must be done in order to sustain liberty and freedom, as well as what must be done when that liberty or freedom is in danger of being illicitly taken away.
President Adams noted that should the People of America ever assume “the Language of Justice and moderation while it is practicing Iniquity and Extravagance; and displays in the most captivating manner the charming Pictures of Candour frankness & sincerity while it is rioting in rapine and Insolence: this Country will be the most miserable Habitation in the World.” And what do we do? We talk of equal justice before the law and yet children are maligned and even murdered by adults. We speak of justice regardless of race or ethnicity or political persuasion, yet some adults are allowed to riot, destroy, and even leave our bravest brothers and sisters to die with consequences meted out only to those who try to stand against them. And why do we have these actions and situations? Again President Adams supplies the answer. “Because we have no Government armed with Power capable of contending with human Passions unbridled by morality and Religion. Avarice, Ambition, Revenge or Galantry, would break the strongest Cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net.” Our laws, the very foundation of our country were fashioned only to serve a moral and virtuous people. America cannot survive the unchecked internal attack of immorality and debauchery by her own children.
Many other of our founders stated this in multiple ways. George Washington noted that, “reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle. It is substantially true that virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government.” Without a moral people electing their leaders in a free society, the leaders will soon reflect the immorality of the population. One of the countries early historians, Benjamin Morris, noted that “The state must rest upon the basis of religion, and it must preserve this basis, or itself must fall. But the support which religion gives to the state will obviously cease the moment religion loses its hold upon the popular mind.” In other words, as soon as the citizens of America forget that their blessings come from God, and that our bounties are only present by His grace, the freedom and liberty enjoyed by Americans will cease. Considering that on the same day five women were shot in Florida last week, 150 plus abortions were carried out in New York, I’d say we as a country have come unmoored from Christianity in our minds.
We do not have a lack of “stuff” problem in America, we have a lack of morality problem. Our issues are not a lack of money to give to the poor and needy, it is a lack of giving to the poor and needy. Our issues are not a lack of jobs or opportunity, our issues are a lack of work ethic and an overabundance of the self-serving attitude of “I deserve more.” Our issues do not have to do with not enough public education, our issues have to do with spending money on things like diversity or inclusion training versus reducing the size of classrooms and even more so on a crumbling family unit where we have divorce and sex on demand. And our issues do not have to do with a lack of taxation, our issues have to do with representation without taxation and legalized murder of millions of potential tax paying citizens. Morality is not a factor in choosing which flavor ice cream is best, what color shirt is best, or even what sports team is best. Morality is the only factor in ignoring the poor and the widow, in living off the theft of money from others, in sexual promiscuity of every stripe, and in injecting babies with poison. On moral issues we cannot simply agree to disagree. Silence or indecision on moral issues is the same as siding with the immoral side.
So, how do we get America back on course? How do we encourage our brothers and sisters to see the error of their ways, or how do we separate ourselves from those who wish to enslave and persecute us? Here again our Founders left us clues of how to do this on a strategic level at least if not a tactical one. When oppressive taxes continued and King George and parliament ignored their pleas, the First Continental Congress decided to boycott British goods. George Washington was convinced, “as much as I am of my existence, that there is no relief for us but in their distress.” There will be no relief for the American citizen without some form of distress on the part of Congress and our brothers and sisters who insist upon attempting to destroy America and shackle any who stand in their way. There are many forms that distress might take but perhaps, much like our founders, money is the first that should be tried. This must start with our state representatives, however, and have weight behind it, not simply be the random efforts of individual citizens.
We must take some action though, folks, or our children and grandchildren will most suffer. As George Washington put it, “Who that is a sincere friend to it can look with indifference upon attempts to shake the foundation of the fabric?” How can we stand idly by as our fellow citizens and their leaders attempt to murder, defile, steal, and shatter every institution and fabric that formed this great nation? Most of all, how can we stand by as they attempt to sever any ties that our country has with God and Jesus Christ and make it so that morality and virtue are never part of America? We cannot, except at our own peril.
-JT Cope IV