I do not ask that question believing that it no longer exists but rather I question the pathway it has taken and what the end result of that path will be. I believe that the vision, spirit, and dream of the Founding Fathers exists in the hearts of many Americans today, sadly too many have grown silent and become somewhat isolationist attempting self-preservation at the expense of the nation.
Under George W. Bush, who made many mistakes and misguided decisions in governing, there was a successful painting of him and all conservatives as uncaring, unfeeling, money hungry, corporate stooges trampling on the dreams of the middle and lower classes. Obviously, not all Republicans, Libertarians, Independents, and those of a conservative mindset are a part of the so-called 1% and rich. The left-wing radicals painted us with a broad brush and they labeled the Tea Party as the most hate-filled organization of citizens since the Klu Klux Klan. They used class warfare, played the race card, and played on the fear and emotions of the masses to elect a Congress controlled by the Democrats during the mid-term election of Bush’s last four years. Then in 2008 that same paranoia and smear campaign produced Barack Obama as the President of the United States of America and at that point for two full years he and the Democrats controlled everything in two branches of the federal government. They had the Whitehouse and the Congress and had such a majority in Congress that they ignored the opposing voices and as Barack Obama told the leaders of the Republican Party – “Elections have consequences, you lost deal with it.” At that point we were force-fed numerous diabolical and destructive pieces of legislation including the “Affordable Health Care Bill” known as ObamaCare. At the time of voting on it in the House of Representatives speaker Nancy Pelosi said, “We have to pass the bill to find out what is in it.” How in the name of rational thinking could anyone accept that and the lame excuses from members of Congress that it was so large that they could not possible read it or even understand it, but they PASSED IT! In a family, classroom, or business that would have resulted in immediate repercussions including punishment, failure, and loss of one’s job or business but not in our government. We allowed our elected officials to get away with that and although we complained and the vast majority of Americans expressed they didn’t want it, WE GOT IT!
In the time of our fledgling nation a French political thinker and historian named Alexis Charles Henri Clerel de Tocqueville wrote his now infamous book “Democracy in America,” in which he saw the dangers that our Founders had so adamantly warned us of and correctly identified the means whereby America could and would eventually fall. Although we have not yet fallen we are rapidly descending the ladder of destruction that de Tocqueville warned of as did many of our founders.
His famous quote is glaringly accurate as we look at the world and this nation with regard to the peril that we are facing. He said: “The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.” ― Alexis de Tocqueville If that is not where we are today I guess I’m completely out of touch with reality. We have seen this building for decades and it has reached the point where almost if not one-half of our nation receives all or most of its livelihood from the Federal Government. People vote according to how they are personally impacted it seems rather than based on principle or for what is in the best interest of this Free Nation.
He also said: “Americans are so enamored of equality; they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.” ― Alexis de Tocqueville What insight, as we look back with hindsight. What is one of the major themes of Obama’s message? FAIRNESS and EQUALITY. Yet in seeking what he calls a level playing field he and the powers that be are robbing us of our individual liberties and freedoms and it seems that people are content to live equal in slavery rather than unequal in freedom. Life is not now nor has it ever been FAIR. God did not promise that life would be fair; He promised that He would be just.
He further warned, “Democracy extends the sphere of individual freedom, socialism restricts it. Democracy attaches all possible value to each man; socialism makes each man a mere agent, a mere number. Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word: equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.” ― Alexis de Tocqueville I know that for me to address the policies and politics of Barack Obama as Socialist or worse is to open me up to the charge of racism. If that is the basis of being a racist, to disagree with a sitting president then I’m guilty as charged. However, I disagreed with many things that Bush did so was I a racist then? No! The left would applaud that criticism but not of Barack Obama he is immune from criticism or so the left and media would have us believe and agree to. Sorry, but my patriotism will not allow me to passively accept whatever Big Brother wants to send my way! I believe in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution and above all the Bible and each of those propels me to a different line of thinking than that of the left.
I want to give you four more quotes by Alexis de Tocqueville and then give you my final thoughts and you decide for yourself where the American Dream Has Gone.
“There are many men of principle in both parties in America, but there is no party of principle.” ― Alexis de Tocqueville
“Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith.” ― Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America
“America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.” ― Alexis de Tocqueville
“As I see it, only God can be all-powerful without danger, because his wisdom and justice are always equal to his power. Thus there is no authority on earth so inherently worthy of respect, or invested with a right so sacred, that I would want to let it act without oversight or rule without impediment (p. 290).” ― Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America
Political parties were an anathema to many of our Founding Fathers because they saw how they could evolve into machines that would be controlled by the corrupt and cost the individual his/her liberty and freedom. Are we not there? Many of our Founding Fathers agreed 100% with de Tocqueville that Liberty required morality and morality faith and could not be legislated. His grave warning concerning the greatness of America and when America would cease greatness is most sobering. As a nation and people we are demonstrating our propensity to depravity on a major scale and what will the end result of that be?
The final quote that I gave you is so powerful it should touch our hearts and move us to a place of prayer in repentance before God, but so many believe that God is rightfully banned from all things political. Yet, the truth is, God’s involvement and investment in every dimension of human life is undeniable. In my view, without Him we will succumb to tyranny and be victimized on a scale that only the Book of Revelation can envision. Our government is running amok today and unless we somehow find a way to bring it in check we will have seen the Great America that we were given by those patriots who so valiantly fought and died, and those who in generations past have defended the right of freedom, liberty, and a Constitutional Republic will be forever lost. I sit in tears as I write today and pray to Almighty God for mercy and forgiveness. I too have been slack in times past and did not fully grasp the grave danger we were in and hope that it is not too late to stem the tide of this path to destruction that we are on.
We each have choices. We each have responsibilities. We each have obligations to those who have gone before us and those who will follow, to do whatever it takes to defend and protect Liberty and Justice for All. I love America and would consider it a small price to pay to die defending her. I love God supremely and recognize that my rights and liberties did not come from government but from Him and with that mindset I seek His guidance and counsel as to what course of action I am to take in this present time! America’s destruction is an inside job and we dare not sit idly by and allow it to happen. We must do everything within our power and with God’s help to preserve our precious Freedom for those who are following in our footsteps. So I ask, “What Is America Worth To You?”
May God bless and protect you and may God deliver America!