Liberty – a blessing from God, and a Birthright for all men

When our founding fathers rose and declared that liberty was their birthright, and the right of all their posterity forever after, they did not do so in a vacuum. They were born into a culture of free men, dedicated to individual thought, individual effort, and individual success. They were raised and educated in the Word of God, as taught in the Bible; that all men were sons of God, created in His likeness, and endowed with a Holy spark of His spiritual essence.

To truly understand what they wrote, we must put on the mantle of their perspective – with study and contemplation we must recreate, in our own minds, the social, spiritual, and cultural environment in which they lived and worked. This is not as difficult as it seems – but it requires that we study our history, and not with an attention for dates and places, but with our attention focused upon what people believed important and/or pressing in that day.

The social, moral, political, and financial issues of the American colonial era are actually not so different than ours in this modern day – financial hardships, corruption, the imposition of arbitrary and stifling regulation, and the blind acceptance of these issues as “unfixable” by many among the population. The defining essence of the 30 years preceding the revolutionary war was that a small number of brave men dared to speak out, to educate and inspire their family, friends, and neighbors, that a better way to live was, in fact, at hand; and that what they needed to do to obtain this better way was, simply, to risk all which was “good enough” in order to gain that which was “best” for them and for their descendants.

“If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing.” – Benjamin Franklin

In short, our founding fathers believed the maxim that, “a lesser good is the enemy of the Greater Good”, and that dignified men could never settle for a lesser good and still satisfy their conscience when examining their own lives through the lens of the generations who would come after them.

Pondering all that our founding fathers spoke of, wrote, and actually dared to do in pursuit of the Greater Good which they believed in above all else, we are illumined with an understanding that theirs was a spiritual struggle, although it was played out in the physical realms of daily life.

“There are two types of education… One should teach us how to make a living, And the other how to live.” – John Adams

“What you are is God’s gift to you, what you make of your self is your gift to God.” – George Washington

We must, now, walk in their footsteps, in order to protect and propagate Liberty unto our descendants – no one else can do this for us, nor can any amount of money “buy us out of” our present challenges.

We MUST educate ourselves with great diligence, so that when the opportunity presents itself to educate others in the foundations of Liberty, we will know full-well what we are speaking about; both in the historical context, and as it applies to the issues which bear upon our situation today, and into the foreseeable future. But this alone is not sufficient – vocal protests, erudite analysis, and dutiful education as to the nature of the difficulties we now face is the beginning, but surely is not the end. No, rather, we must present sound solutions, else we are little more than railers against the machine, void of the substance needed to rectify our own state and nature. History and context are the foundation, yet the foundation is only the first step towards the apex of liberty achieved.

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” –  Benjamin Franklin

We must prepare ourselves and as many of our community as shall listen; through education, analysis, planning, and outspoken promotion of our beliefs and methods, such that when the opportunity arises to re-establish Constitutional government in our communities, states, and the nation as a whole, we will be prepared to implement that model honestly and effectively, in a timely manner, and in the context of the world in which we find ourselves…

It is not enough to know the words of the Declaration and Constitution – we must study these in the context in which they were authored, and must also examine the lives of the men who wrote them. We must so educate ourselves that we see past the words, viewing rather the hopes and concerns which they intended to address, and thereby adopt the *spirit* of liberty in our own lives – for the spirit of liberty is the life of the nation, whereas the law is it’s death…

“Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.” 2COR 3:5~6

Here is a simple first exercise in the greater study of the Declaration and Constitution – our founding fathers lived a life steeped in the belief that God was the Author of all liberty, and to His word did they turn for guidance and inspiration. Ours is a nation founded in the Christian faith and ethic, and even those of other beliefs can (hopefully) see that this is a good thing, for Faith is a humbling thing, and humility is at the very core of “dignified liberty”.

Dignified Liberty – the belief that we are indeed equal before God, and so ought to conduct ourselves with all humility and respect towards each other, for only if we adopt this spirit can our hope of liberty for ourselves and our posterity succeed…

The assassination of the Christian ethic and world-view by the progressive communists is one cornerstone of their platform of social destruction – for by expunging the Bible and the Christian ethic from the public dialog through a relentless campaign of “Political Correctness” and “Diversity Education/Enforcement”, they undermine our clear understanding of the intent and spirit of our body of law, so that they may focus on the letter, and thus may bend the law to their own corrupt designs.

Regardless of religion, all people of good faith must resist the substitution of God with government – for the enthroning of government as the point of faith is death to all who subscribe thereto – When government is the object of all faith, it must eventually kill all faith. It’s first victim is the faith we hold in ourselves, and then it moves out from ourselves to destroy our faith in our spouse, family, and community… until there is no residue of faith left within our lives, and thus is our hope destroyed.

“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”  ―    John Adams

Whenever we study the Constitution, we must also have open a Bible, and also the Biographies and published letters and journals of our founding fathers, to give context to those words upon which the hope of liberty maintained… otherwise, how can we expect to inherit what our founding fathers risked so much, and worked so diligently to establish?

“I agree to this Constitution with all its faults, if they are such: because I think a General Government necessary for us, and there is no Form of Government but what may be a Blessing to the People if well-administred; and I believe farther that this is likely to be well administred for a Course of Years and can only end in Despotism as other Forms have done before it, when the People shall become so corrupted as to need Despotic Government, being incapable of any other.” – Benjamin Franklin

And when we have been empowered through our diligent efforts and focused study of the spirit of liberty, then we shall possess the eloquence to stir and guide others unto it’s recognition, and the fortitude to defend liberty’s blessings against the onslaught of those for whom fear and greed are the hallmarks of life; whose faith is affixed to the darkness of deprivation in the name of “equality” delivered by the threat of force; and whose contrived “equality” is shielded by a multitude of arbitrary laws and an army of bureaucrats.

For our ultimate task is not to study liberty, nor merely to speak boldly of it, but to secure liberty for ourselves and our posterity, by whatever means necessary. Thus, and only thus, shall we receive the blessing of liberty, and affirm it as a birthright for those generations to come.

For the way of evil is lies, and the manipulation of weaknesses, and the doing of wrongs, to impose over all peoples the veil of fear; which is the curse of death from generation to generation.

YOU HAVE A CHOICE – BE TRUE, BE STRONG, BE RIGHT, and BE FEARLESS…

Thus shall you be FREE.

Regards,
LT

      
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6 Responses to Liberty – a blessing from God, and a Birthright for all men

  1. LT says:

    OK, so I got a stiff poke in the eye from a ‘gentle reader’ who was, shall we say, *justly indignant* as to my proposition that you can’t really appreciate the Declaration of Independence and Constitution without taking them in the context of colonial America, and specifically my assertion that you need to be conversant in the Bible to grasp the force, clarity, and subtleties of social tone which are imbedded in the language of our founding documents.
    Well, here is my response. I share it in the hopes that I may save someone else a bit of work when the “separation of church and state” bus pulls up at your door and disgorges it’s noisy, filthy, hedonistic payload -- may you fare well on that day!

    I never said that an abiding faith in any Church or translation of the Bible was necessary, nor even a Christian Faith in general (although I am a believer, and would assert that the Bible is of benefit to all, even non-Christians). I was rather specific in my intended context, that the Bible was *original source material* from which our founding fathers drew concepts and common illustration of words to create the Declaration and Constitution. The Bible was, functionally, a “common dictionary of phrase and meaning” implicit in the thought and correspondence of nearly all dialog in colonial America, and no less so our foundational documents. Part of this comes from the fact that the majority of original American settlers were here because they were an oppressed religious minority in their home country.

    Now, in my personal belief, the Bible is essential, but again -- for this purpose I have taken it in the context of being a standard linguistic reference. Jefferson and Franklin, in particular, were decidedly Deists -- believing in God, but being distrustful of ‘the church” in a general way, as ‘the church” (*any church*) was, in their consideration, as fallible as any other institution of mens’ creation. Their main cause for distrust of the church was that it had no checks or balances -- the pastor of a church was the de-facto master of that church…incontrovertible in word and deed, both at the pulpit and otherwise. Also, they were a product of their time and place -- scholars of the reformation, and of the works of science and social discourse, they considered themselves “equal to any preacher” in their studies of the Bible, and in other things as well. Perhaps they were prideful in that belief, and perhaps they were correct in it, but regardless, they certainly believed that the Bible was an indispensible point of reference for any social dialog in the colonies.

    Now, regarding the “separation of church and state” to which you speak. Please tread carefully, here. The phrase, “separation of church and state” wasn’t even coined until 50 years after the Constitution was written. What our founding fathers absolutely refused to create was the opportunity for establishment of a state-sponsored religion, such as England had, which would eventually become a means of controlling the populace.

    They saw clearly the difference between Faith and Religion -- Faith they considered an absolute necessity, whereas religion was (to them) considered nearly as suspect as any trend of fashion. Thus, we can understand why oaths of US office have always been sworn on a “Book of God”…a Bible, Torah, etc, but where the selection of the book itself was left to the faith of the individual swearing said oath. In this their distinction was clear and unquestionable -- God was THE ESENTIAL GUIDE POST of honorable men, but they paid no particular attention or favor to any individual on the particular basis of whether he was “churched up” (a phrase used by Ben Franklin).

    Since they considered the particularities of the various religions, and the churches which taught them, to be fluid and fallible as the wiles of social fashion, they did not want government to impose any specific religion or church upon the populace, but that does NOT mean that they had any intent to exclude God from the political dialogue… On the contrary, there are numerous points of reference in the journals, letters, and speeches of our founding fathers which clearly establish that they _expected_ a faithful (or at least moral, in the Judeo-Christian sense) populace, and fully intended to create a government in that image -- full of faith, yet bound to no particular church or religious doctrine.

    Now, returning to the intent of my essay -- regardless of religious doctrine, we, as a nation, are absolutely dependent upon a shared sense of meaning in order to maintain _any_ social contract…and the Constitution is our most cherished social contract, the best that free men have ever created and enjoyed in the entire history of man. That it is founded upon the Judeo-Christian model, and dependent upon the writings of our Christian tradition (the Bible) is an essential point to bear in mind when reading it.

    What, exactly, does “justice” mean? What did it mean 10 generations ago, and what will it mean in another 10 generations? To answer these questions, the authors of our constitution would have gone to the one source which they believed presented an _enduring_ definition:

    2 Chronicles 9:8 Blessed be the LORD thy God, which delighted in thee to set thee on his throne, to be king for the LORD thy God: because thy God loved Israel, to establish them for ever, therefore made he thee king over them, to do judgment and justice.

    Ezekiel 45:9 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Let it suffice you, O princes of Israel: remove violence and spoil, and execute judgment and justice

    Ecclesiastes 5:6 Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin; neither say thou before the angel, that it was an error: wherefore should God be angry at thy voice, and destroy the work of thine hands? 5:7 For in the multitude of dreams and many words there are also divers vanities: but fear thou God. 5:8 If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of judgment and justice in a province, marvel not at the matter: for he that is higher than the highest regardeth; and there be higher than they.

    I could go on, but these are sufficient illustration for the point I seek to make. In a culture where nearly everyone was conversant in the bible, and it was regarded as the book of and for all time, it was a natural “anchor point” for the Constitution. Additionally, we have the expository writings of the founding fathers, which demonstrate their personal understanding and persepctives on the questions of liberty, self-determination, and freedom of religion, and of speech, and of the press.

    Context can also be found in the writings and declarations of other nations, contemporaneous to our American Revolutionary period, such as those of the French Revolution of 1786, whose “Declaration of the Rights of Man” had, as a foundational article, the following: “The free communication of ideas and opinions is one of the most precious of the rights of man. Every citizen may, accordingly, speak, write, and print with freedom, but shall be responsible for such abuses of this freedom as shall be defined by law.” and also affirms “the natural and imprescriptible rights of man” to “liberty, property, security and resistance to oppression”.

    When taken in these contexts, we see more clearly that the Rights defined in our Declaration and Constitution were perceived, not only by our own founding fathers, but by many civic-minded and erudite men throughout the civilized world, as universal rights [sometimes referred to as “natural rights”] which were essential and undeniable to any man or group of men, anywhere; regardless of heritage, nationality, or creed.

    In closing we must reclaim our greatness as a nation, and that greatness is rooted in the thoughts, hopes, and beliefs of our founding fathers, those who arose and risked all, pledging their “lives, fortunes, and sacred honor” to one another and to their beloved cause. Therefore we must study them as they were intended to be heard and known. Knowledge is freedom, knowledge is wealth, knowledge is power…
    I pray that God shall let our children know freedom, enjoy wealth, and eschew power, for the love of all mankind!

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  3. Excellent ideas, understanding and wisdom, LT. Thank you.

    Our children and families must understand the principle of individual fundamental natural rights and sovereignty.

    They need to understand that the purpose of government is protect that personal private agency. We the sovereign individuals of the public empower government or re-public in order to protect and defend liberty, freedom and justice for all individuals.

    Nothing has more value on this earth than the infinite individual capacity of each man.

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