Guest essay by Bobbie Ames
The polity and government of these United States are original. Let us say it again, Original and Peculiar. It has two great elements of divisions of power:
- That of the States exercising local Self-Government, and
- That of the Nation, formed by a voluntary Union of States.
The motto on the Great Seal of the Nation gives that origin: E Pluribus Unum, confirming that our beginning is found in the 13 colonies and their voluntary union. Let us not forget that their union was based on that idea of local self-government, which developed the State, and the idea of Union, which developed the Nation.
The idea of the individual citizen being totally free to pursue the opportunities of his life is completely unrecognized in cultures where centralization prevails. American Liberty is unique in History.
In Ancient England, many people dreamed of such local rule and liberty, but only a few assemblies were able to frame the laws under which they would live.
The ruling monarchs deprived the people of the power of local rule, but many continued to dream of liberty and just laws. Christians, in particular, had the basis of the Word of God to justify their dreams, and considered their aspirations as not only the advancement of the Christian Faith, but as the honor due to the King and Queen.
The Pilgrim Story is one of the most revered of all in American History, and justly so. Their Covenant signed aboard the Mayflower ship provided for a code of laws, a public authority, as in a local government. In early New England, the local political life was built up in towns, while in Virginia, in counties. In Virginia, political life had a distinct aristocratic type of society, and in New England, more of a democratic society.
Our ancestors built this system of government on the Rule of Law, which was based on Morality and Christianity. Not every citizen was a professing Christian, but the vast majority realized that no government could be secure, nor could citizens be safe, without Moral Absolutes in practice, and codified in the Rule of Law.
It is interesting that the early citizens of Connecticut created a little Republic by the federation of independent towns, and sovereignty still remained at the town level. It is perhaps our earliest model of what would be a republican form of government.
The Founders and Framers of our Constitution shared the love of liberty above all else, and the passion to protect it. The Cause of Liberty and Justice surpassed any and all obligations to the King and Queen of England. Their concepts of Justice came from the Bible.
Moving ahead from the 1800’s to the 20th Century, we are stunned at the changes in our own culture. It is a mystery to many citizens who have not recognized the seriousness of the disease invading our nation, which we now call Socialism. Modern Socialism can be traced back to the days of the French Revolution in the mid 1800’s, the Russian Empire of 1917, China in the 1940’s, and Cambodia in the 1970’s.
Since the mid 20th Century, Socialism has reared its head in many Western nations. In America, it was first introduced to us as “Progressivism.” These people work within the system to gain their programs, one at a time: be it universal health care, or free government (K-12) education for all. While Socialism was largely accepted in Europe, its first cousin, Communism, was not. When the Communist Manifesto was issued, it was obvious that the main target was against Christianity and Morality, by the overthrow of the social and political order birthed by that Faith.
The Manifesto lists ten planks to advance Communism.
- Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes
- A heavy progressive or gradual income tax
- Abolition of all rights of inheritance
- Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels
- Centralization of credit in the hands of the State, by means of a national bank with State Capital, and an exclusive monopoly
- Centralization of the means of Communication and transport in the hands of the State
- Extensions of factories and instruments of productions owned by the State; the bringing in of cultivation of waste-lands, and the improvement of the soil generally, carried out with a common plan
- Equal liability for all to work. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture
- Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of all distinction between town and country by a more equable distribution of the populace over the country
- Free education for all children in government public schools. Abolition of all child labor in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production, etc.
Already implemented in America are the following:
Note No. 2 from Manifesto: Our now heavy progressive income tax in America
Note No. 5 from Manifesto: Our Central Bank, monopolistic, created in 1913 through the Federal Reserve Act
Note No. 6 from Manifesto: The radical changes in control of communication, transportation, and media
Note No. 10 from Manifesto: Government schools are educating about 97% of our children with School-to-Work being a high priority of Socialists, as well as Common Core and its federal mandates [meaning that mere vocational training is replacing a true liberal arts education, enabling the wisdom necessary to maintain liberty and justice in society—ed.].
Yes, we can acknowledge that Socialism has come to America. The Socialist Agenda is clear. They oppose the ideals of American’s founding, and oppose Constitutional Government as was created in our nation.
In the lifetime of this writer, the progressives have managed to invade every aspect of what we traditionally call the “private sector.” Today’s socialist candidates believe that Socialism can be achieved by popular consent. Gradually over the past decades, they have achieved the 40-hour workweek, the minimum wage, federal control over banking, agriculture, manufacturing, health care, and government subsidies for college. They are well on their way to declare what they will proclaim as Victory.
Socialism as an Economic order is a failure. It is retrogressive, not progressive in a positive sense. Examples of failures are Medicare, Medicaid, and Obamacare. All stifle free enterprise.
The positions of the Socialists against Morality include attacks on the nuclear family, such as their advocating sexual license, abortion, homosexuality, and the sexualization of children.
An excellent writer and researcher of Socialism, Charles Scaliger, quotes Alexis de Tocqueville, a French legislator at the time of the French Revolution. This Legislator gave worthy advice, following the overthrow of the Royals. He identified Socialism and warned of three key ideologies of the movement invading France.
- The appeal to the material passions of man.
- An attack on the principle of private property, believing that it is one of the “ills of the world.”
- Scorn for personal liberty and scorn for individual reason, a complete contempt for the individual.
Tocqueville told his fellow legislators that “Socialism has contempt for human liberty, to the point where, were I to attempt to sum up what Socialism is, I would say that it was simply a new system of serfdom.”
Tocqueville was popular in America due to his travels here and his praise for our Christian Constitutional Republic. He was highly regarded as a political philosopher on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean and we would do well to heed his words today.
What Tocqueville observed in America was reverence for the Rule of Law. For 227 years of living under the Constitution and Bill of Rights, we have been blessed as no other nation on earth. We have to be vigilant, however, because not all amendments to the Constitution have promoted Liberty. For example, the 17th amendment stripped political power from the State Legislatures, which had selected the U. S. Senators for each State. The 16th amendment gave the government power to tax personal incomes directly and has led to the present day IRS. The creation of the Federal Reserve Act and the private bank, operate beyond the limits and control of the American government elected officials.
The Constitution and the Bill of Rights served us well until Socialism invaded our land. Those foundational documents are based on the philosophy of the 1776 Declaration of Independence, which asserts that our rights are God given, and that governments are instituted to secure these God given rights. It further states that when the government fails to secure these rights, it is the right of the people to take action: to alter or abolish this form of government.
The U. S. Constitution is the Rule of Law for America, and based on the Declaration of Independence. Thomas Jefferson once said, “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free…it expects what never was and never will be.” Today is the day to be informed and involved in restoring the Constitution as the Rule of Law. It is the day to cherish and restore Religious Liberty to our land. Now is the time to become active in the Public Square, to be a responsible, informed citizen in the voting booth in 2016, and to diligently PRAY for revival and for the restoration of our beloved nation.
So help us God!
Quotes from Alexis de Tocqueville:
- “Nothing is more wonderful than the art of being free, but nothing is harder to learn how to use, than freedom.”
- “Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith.”
For more information and understanding of the U. S. Constitution, we recommend The Christian History of the Constitution, published by the Foundation for American Christian Education, in Chesapeake, Va.
The writings of researcher, Charles Scaliger, on Socialism, can be ordered through The New American, P.O. Box 8040, Appleton, WI 54912.
Mrs. Ames is a lifelong educator and advocate for the faith of Jesus Christ and liberty under law. In 1965, with her husband’s help, she co-founded what would eventually become Emerald Mountain Christian School in Montgomery, Alabama. The associated Hoffman Educational Center and Emerald Mountain School continue to serve the community and nation.
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