When will enough be enough? After reviewing the news I’m scratching my head trying to understand how we ever got here. Now, I’m probably a little older than a lot of you, but I remember when patriotism was normal. We celebrated every patriot day that came along and your word was your bond. Now, we have athletes using our patriotic symbols to protest, people are opposed to Christian religious expression, and a candidate for the highest office in the land avoiding prosecution by legal maneuvering assisted by the mainstream media. The idea of truth has been severely distorted. But that’s not all. Family structure is disintegrating, education is unacceptable and words like honor, sacrifice, and fidelity are hard to find except in our military, and the mention of God has been relegated to one day a week and only in church. The basic building blocks of our society are being dismantled.
Looking back it’s easy to pinpoint the subtleties. American exceptionalism is no longer taught. Individual responsibility has been replaced with looking for a psychological cause for bad behavior. The ill action is always the fault of something or someone else. The perpetrator is always the victim. Things are upside down! Psychology or Sociology is the new gods, but they can’t save us because they lack a source. We have to return to the things that set us apart from other nations, i.e., our faith, our families, and our Constitution (freedom).
John Adams said; “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people”. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” When Adams referred to “religious” he was talking a about a belief in a power greater than ourselves, not religiosity or denominationalism. He was saying that unless we have an understanding about the Creator we lose the ability and authority to govern ourselves. Without that reference we’re merely making up the rules as we go along to suit ourselves without the aid of a moral compass. The “self-god” becomes prominent.
While progressivism started in the early 20th century, the big pivot came in 1962 when the Supreme Court decided in Engel v. Vitale that a prayer approved by the New York Board of Regents for use in schools violated the First Amendment because it represented establishment of religion. That was the turning point. Schools, to the delight of the progressives and the new religion of humanism, could no longer make any reference to the Deity. Remove the Deity, removes His laws or Without the Lawgiver, there is no law. The void had to be filled. Enter psychology and sociology. Psychology grew leaps and bounds in the 60’s. There was a new book every week telling parents how to raise kids, how to discipline, and how to be happy all without that pesky moral yardstick, it all depended on “feelings”. Teachers had to retrain how to teach. Suddenly youth sport teams couldn’t characterize winning from losing. Everyone had to get a trophy. While exceptionalism was obvious, it was not socially acceptable. Reality was distorted by political correctness. Feelings trumped achievement according to some idiot psychologists.
Another area most affected was the family. Divorce rates rose in the 60’s (see graph). Gov. Ronald Reagan signed the nation’s first no-fault divorce bill in1969 and he later admitted was one of the biggest mistakes of his political life. From 1960 to 1980, the divorce rate more than doubled — from 9.2 divorces per 1,000 married women to 22.6 divorces per 1,000 married women. This meant that while less than 20% of couples who married in 1950 ended up divorced, about 50% of couples who married in 1970 did. And approximately half of the children born to married parents in the 1970s saw their parents part, compared to only about 11% of those born in the 1950s (nationalaffairs.com/publica…/detail/the-evolution-of-divorce). The worst consequences of the social revolution of the 1960s and ’70s are now felt disproportionately by the poor and less educated, and particularly the children. The feel good generation had created a disaster. The focus was on individual fulfillment, personal growth and subjective happiness and replaced duty, obligation, and sacrifice. “The”Me”generation.” Since 1974, about 1 million children per year have seen their parents’ divorce.
It’s been 54 years since that Supreme Court ruling took any reference to God out of schools. Many changes have resulted from that monumental decision that affects children, families, education and the culture in general. What we see today is a continuation of the same. Church attendance is down. Divorce rates hover around the 50% range. 45% of unmarried couples opt to cohabitation rather than marriage. The effect on education, particularly when it comes to history, has had to make changes in the way teachers teach history. The Founder acknowledged the existence of God. The Declaration makes 5 separate references to God. The Constitution was based on a structural foundation of Natural Law — a God-centered world view. Samuel Adams, in a 1794 letter to the Massachusetts Legislature wrote, “In the supposed state of nature, all men are equally bound by the laws of nature, or to speak more properly, the laws of the Creator.” This is precisely why “Congress shall make no law …” initiates the First Amendment. Freedom of speech, of press, of religion had been given by God and no government can legitimately remove it.
Therefore schools, because of the 1962 ruling are not allowed to teach the full meaning of the founding documents.
How do we turn this around? It’s up to us. The chance of overturning the 1962 ruling is slim to none in the short term. Our focus has to be on the here and now and starting where we live. The need to educate, we and our children on the founding documents is essential and to do it in their true nature which is based on “the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God. We are a nation founded on the principles of the Jude-Christian heritage. Next, educate everyone else. Join Founders Keep, Initiate school programs, present information to local groups like the boy scouts and girl scouts, the Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions Club, etc. Join with other like-minded groups to help spread the word, pass out pocket constitutions at events like the County Fair, Fourth of July celebrations, start a prayer group in your church to pray for our Country and share about the founding fathers. (We’ve done that here). Above all, meet with like-minded people on a regular basis. We all need to be supported and be re-energized on a regular basis and meetings serve to rekindle the fire of Liberty. Lastly, make this a priority. Everyone is busy, but what could be more important than the fight to restore our country for our posterity.
By doing this we will return to the principles we know to be self-evident and endowed by our Creator.
I’ll leave you with a quote that always serves to energize me. It’s from Samuel Adams, probably my favorite founder.
“It does not take a majority to prevail… but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.”