i live in the same paranoid world as glenn beck.
if 20% of what glenn beck reports is true (it is) then the american media should be fired
(they should). the main stream media is in decline (do i smell a bailout coming?) and since
they are all libs they cant figure out why. supply and demand. their news sucks. its not
objective. so people dont buy it. but i digress.
some live in the united states. me.
some do not. the truscotsman
the current administration is not kidding. they are trying to fundamentally transform
the united states. if we could only be like britain. post Christian. where liberties vanish without
a whimper. where the narcissitic secular population cant even be bothered to sustain their
society by having children. (been nice knowin you) where you could shoot one of the 20 billions
cameras that surveil you. if you had a gun.
everyone worships something. even the atheist has fervently held beliefs even if
they are negative beliefs. a secular society believes in something. and the american
left have filled the vacuum with government. it is naive to underestimate their passion
to these ends.
is it a mere coincidence that we face the loss of liberty and our society is more secular
than ever? is it a coincidence that europe is more secular than america and has
even less liberty left than we do?
the truscotsman is a decent guy. but thats nota good enough foundation for a liberty
preserving system of government. american liberty is rooted in theism, specifcally Christianity.
its impossible to overestimate the contributions of Christian thought to america.
written constitutions, secret ballot, seperation of church and state and seperation
of powers were all born of puritan (Christian) practice.
"of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and
morality are indespensable supports" george washington
"it is impossible to govern rightly without God and the Bible" g. washington
"can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their
only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that their liberties
are a gift of God?" thomas jefferson
upon travelling to american under commission of the french governemnt to
investigate how so much liberty without anarchy was possible wrote the following
"i do not know if whether all americans have a sincere faith in their religion, for who
can know the human heart? but i am certain that they hold it indespensable for
the maintenance of republic institutions. this opinion is not peculair to a class
of citiznes or to a party, but it belongs to the whole rank of society." america is
"the place where the Christian religion has kept the greatest power over mens souls.
and nothing better demonstrates how useful and natural it is to man, since the country
where it is now has the widest sway is both the most enlightened and the freest."
sam adams wrote "the right of freedom being a gift of God almighty.....the rights of the
colonists as Christians....may be best understood be reading and studying the institutes
of the Great Law Giver....."
adams fellow revolutionary, james otis, published the following: certainly there must be a compact
(between men for government) but for the compact to have any solid foundation it must be planted
in the unchangeable will of God, the author of nature, whose laws never change......the power of
God almighty is the only pwer that can properly and strictly be called supreme and
absolute. in the order of nature immediately under Him comes the power of simple
democracy, or the power of the whole over the whole. subordiante to both these
are all other political powers.
to end the quoting that could go on for some time, our nation and liberties are founded
in the fact that real equality among peoples is a Christian notion. and the further away
we move from that fact the further away we move from our founding and freedoms.
and this is why america is failing now. progressives believes rights are distributed by the
government. the same government with which they have replaced God, and as such
they feel allowed to remove those rights from the general public. its no accident that
the left works towards the "europeization" of america because it means necessarily
destroying what america was founded on.
without a higher lawgiver the state is the highest moral authority and the rights and
liberties are no longer inalienable but have become subject to the government which
gives and takes them as they please.
when political power rather than the "God of nature" becomes the decider of law and rights
we risk assuming the founders definition of tyranny.
consider our first amendment. it was meant to protect the right to free expression and
exercise or religion. today it has been bastardized to mean exactly the opposite of its
original intent being used to removed prayer and the ten commandments from school etc.
law accountable only to secular authorities become pliable by whomever is in power.
this problem mirrors the atheist belief that society is a good source of morality, despite the
fact that society has been so bad at it over the years. like morality,if liberty is based on
subjective authority, given human nature, weve got little chance of retaining it.
the father of the american constitution, james madison, said "we have staked the whole
future of the american civilization not upon the power of the governemnt, far from it. we have
staked the future...upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control
ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the ten commandments of God."
if the truscotsman believes that american liberty is not under assualt he is wrong.
if the truscotsman believes that american liberty's inalienability is not founded in God he is
Monday, 2 November 2009
I get mail
I got an email from my friend Adam. It seems Blogger has a limit of so many characters when commenting, so Adam emailed it to me. I reprint his essay here: