In talking to a lot of people about the 2012 Elections (all of them), I find that the interest of many are only the issues that they feel have directly impacted them. With that philosophy we will be a party, a people, and a nation divided and faced with the real potential of four more years of what we have and worse. It is my contention that we either make the 2012 election about the Constitution or we are in danger of losing America as a Free Democratic Republic and live under Tyranny even if it’s not called that. Few people, it seems, have studied the Constitution understand the role of God in the establishment and perpetuation of this nation, and the value of morality and integrity at all levels including those elected to public office. We have become a nation looking out for “number one” and that “number one” being ourselves and that will lead to the demise of any society.
Peter Marshall made a profound statement, “The choice before us is plain, Christ or chaos, conviction or compromise, discipline or disintegration. I am rather tired of hearing about our rights and privileges as American citizens. The time is come, it now is, when we ought to hear about the duties and responsibilities of our citizenship. America’s future depends upon her accepting and demonstrating God’s government.” (Peter Marshall, The Rebirth of America, page 205, 1986, Arthur S. DeMoss Foundation) That is the foundation upon which we must return if we are to see this country restored to what our founders and I believe God intended.
Our founders did not view things from “Left Wing” or “Right Wing” but from ANARCHY or TYRANNY and wanted to prevent both extremes in the writing of the Constitution and establishing this great nation. They wanted to avoid TYRANNY by insuring that the government would not be in the hands of a single person or a selected few. They also wanted to avoid ANARCHY by insuring that we had some government but limited and based on biblical and moral values. James Madison addressed this by saying, “The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. These powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects, which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the State.” (Federalist Papers, No. 45, pp. 292-293)
They continually warned against creation of a “Welfare State” where the government endeavored to take care of everyone from cradle to grave. Jefferson wrote: “If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people, under the pretense of taking care of them, they must become happy.” (Bergh, Writings of Thomas Jefferson, 10:342) They warned about taxes that was equivalent to confiscation of people’s money and or property and believed it was IMMORAL for one generation to pass on its debt to the next generation. He makes this clear by writing, “… we shall all consider ourselves unauthorized to saddle posterity with our debts, and morally bound to pay them ourselves; and consequently within what may be deemed the period of a generation, or the life [expectancy] of the majority.” (Ibid. 13:358)
They believed that it was imperative that the electorate be “enlightened” and “informed”. Jefferson again wrote, “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and will never be.” (Ford, Writings of Thomas Jefferson, 10:4) Samuel Adams went so far as to say that public officials should NOT be chosen if they were lacking experience, training, proven virtue, and demonstrated wisdom. Franklin, Adams, Jefferson, Washington and others believed that public office should only be sought out of honor rather than profit or power. In fact Franklin prophesied that failing to follow this would result in an America that had a monarchy though it would not be called such it would be an executive with monarchial powers.
The founders believed that without religion and the overriding recognition of God the Government of a free people could not be maintained and they wove that principle into the Constitution. Although many have attempted to malign Franklin for his religious beliefs he laid out some principles that provided foundational ideas for the Constitution and the basis for the continued success of this nation. He wrote: “Here is my creed: I believe in one God, the Creator of the universe. That He governs it by His providence. That He ought to be worshipped. That the most acceptable service we render to Him is in doing good to His other children. That the soul of man is immortal, and will be treated with justice in another life respecting its conduct in this. These I take to be the fundamental points of sound religion.” (Smyth, Writings of Benjamin Franklin, 10:84)
The framers believed that these truths should uniformly be taught in the public schools:
1. There exists a Creator who made all things, and mankind should recognize and worship Him.
2. The Creator has revealed a moral code of behavior for happy living which distinguishes right from wrong.
3. The Creator holds mankind responsible for the way they treat each other.
4. All mankind live beyond this life.
5. Mankind will be judged In the next life for their conduct in this one.
They came from vastly different beliefs or Sects but agreed on the basic principles and wove them into the Constitution. They encouraged use of public facilities for worship services, sought to establish schools in the newly settled western areas to insure that these principles would not be lost. They believed it was vital that every person be schooled in the Constitution, Religion and Morality. The idea of separation of Church and State was to insure that the Federal Government did not establish a State Religion and otherwise should stay out of religious affairs. They desired freedom of religion and speech for every person. They wanted the federal government extremely limited in its powers and that each branch of government would serve with integrity balancing out the other branches. They never envisioned the Supreme Court or any judiciary as touching the Constitution. They basically established a principle of Government patterned after that of Moses through the advice of his father-in-law Jethro. Each group beginning with the smallest and their selected leader would resolve the problems and issues of the group and if need be appeal to the next larger group, up to the highest authority. This new government they envisioned as of the people, by the people and for the people. We have turned it into government of the government and the people ignored, spurned, ridiculed, manipulated and mistreated.
Today, we have violated so many basic principles laid down by the founders the federal government is nothing like what they envisioned. We have elected officials including the President who ignore or hold disdain for the Constitution and seek to circumvent it. The founders warned that if any branch was ever occupied by people not holding to the principles of God, morality and integrity and failed in their duties to provide the proper checks and balances we would lose our Republic. We are at that place today, that is why I say that the Election of 2012 is about the Constitution.
If we do not get back to the Constitution we have lost this country. My search is for candidates who will support and defend the Constitution of these United States of America. However, first I have to find one that understands the Constitution. I continue my quest to intercede for this nation and elicit the help of all who will dare to become involved. May God Bless this country and may He bless each of you in your struggle for His purposes on this earth!