Friday, May 8, 2009

An Ignorant Electorate

"For no people will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffused and Virtue is preserved. On the Contrary, when People are universally ignorant, and debauched in their Manners, they will sink under their own weight without the Aid of foreign Invaders." Samuel Adams, in a letter to James Warren, November 4, 1775.

Is that a true statement? If so, what has happened to the American people? If not so, it means that well informed, intelligent people will willingly surrender their freedom. Is that the case? I do not believe so. I do not believe that a free man or woman, well informed and educated, will choose to give up their personal liberty or freedom. This would also mean that the Declaration of Independence is wrong.

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

Do you see that? "Liberty" is a right granted to man by God. Liberty is not a gift from our Government to us and they have no right to take it away from us.

Let's assume that Samuel Adams was correct in what he wrote. So, what was he telling us?

  • First - Free people will not surrender their freedom, without a fight.
  • Second - Free people cannot be easily subdued when they are knowledgeable and maintain virtue. Virtue refers to the goodness of the people, the moral excellence of their character.
  • Third - When people are ignorant and of low moral character, they will sink under their own weight. Or, to put it another way, they will give up their freedom, voluntarily.

Where is America, right now? We are in the process of losing our liberties; one-by-one, day-by-day! How can this be possible? The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution lay out our rights, liberties and the power of the people. If these documents are the recipe for our freedom, how can our Government be engaged in the systematic dismantling of our individual freedom and liberties?

The answer lies in the writing of Samuel Adams. Evidently, accurate knowledge is not being diffused and virtue is not being preserved. We now have a major portion of the American public who would fall under the category of "universally ignorant, and debauched in their manners". Debauched means: self-indulgent, morally corrupt, and excessive indulgence in sensual pleasure. Does that sound like modern-day USA?

Our country has been dumbed-down, on purpose. Why would I say, "on purpose"? Because those who wish to take our liberty from us have also read Samuel Adams. They also believe he was correct. If we are educated and maintain moral uprightness, they cannot succeed in their plan to steal our freedom and change our country. They had to be patient. They had to have a plan. They had to seize control of the appropriate areas, such as the education system and the courts, in order to implement their agenda. As we look back, they were successful at each of these goals. They began, decades ago, to dumb-down the then present generation. They then proceeded to do the same to the next generation. They encouraged illegal immigration and built the welfare system. They have succeeded in building a population of voters who are not knowledgeable and who are not maintaining high levels of morality. They have removed God from many areas of public awareness. They have watered-down what is being taught in public schools concerning American history and civics. They have taken away the sense of personal responsibility in many, which resulted in more dependence upon welfare and higher crime rates. The family unit has been demoted and Government, through welfare, has stepped in to replace missing Dads, etc. Children are not being taught by parents nor are they attending a good church.

America is in the process of sinking under it's own weight. I believe it was God's hand guiding the forming of this country and holding it up during trying times. As we, as a country, have rejected God and each have gone their own way, it appears that God is removing His hand of support and protection from us.

I also believe that it is not too late. I believe that if America will repent, God will hear and be merciful. I believe there is still time to gain knowledge and restore virtue. This comes down to individuals doing their parts. Do what you need to do to learn, grow, and draw close to God. Then, spread that to others. Be an example and teach and lead. We have a lot of work to do and we can do it, one convert at a time.

The radical Left did not get in this position over night and we will not get them out over night. We have to be patient. We have to have a plan. We have to gain in the necessary areas - the hearts and minds of the individuals. Will it be said, 20 or 40 years from now, that we succeeded in our agenda? Will Americans be free or be slaves to the Government?

Remember, they were at war with us, but we were not at war with them. It is time to prepare for war! First comes basic training and boot camp.

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