“We have no government, armed with power, capable of contending with human passions, unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, and licentiousness would break the strongest cords of our Constitution, as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
~John Adams, 1798
By Alden L. Benton
Rules bring structure and order.
Rules, expressed through charters and constitutions, are the foundation of society and laws created under those documents form a minimum code of moral conduct. This is the concept of ordered liberty: a minimum code to allow both freedom and order.
The absence of order becomes chaos, while too much order brings overbearing control, and both bring tyranny — the former the tyranny of fear, the latter the tyranny of slavery.
Nature is ordered. There are laws of nature that do not change, for if they change chaos would result. Consider the rising and setting of the sun, the progression of the seasons, the phases of the moon, and gravity. What would our planet be without these constants?
Humans are not ordered. They are, by nature, selfish, violent, and power seeking. Since Caine murdered Abel, through the latest ISIS atrocity, this has been true. It is rampant in most of the world where despots rise to power through violence and keep their power by coercion and violence. From the Middle East and Eastern Europe, through China and the rest of Asia, South America, and Africa, this is the norm.
The democracies of the West, including Israel, escaped the tyranny of power through the balance of ordered liberty. However, in the last 170 years, since Karl Marx published the Communist Manifesto in 1848, the western democracies have steadily declined, moving away from ordered liberty towards central command and control systems designed to subjugate humanity by enforcing universal poverty through re-distribution of wealth, and violence.
The United States has a stronger tradition, and better concept, of ordered liberty. The United States, however, is not immune from the so-called progressive ideas that are the antithesis of ordered liberty. For the last 120 years, the secular-progressive movement, spearheaded by the Democratic Party, has engaged in an ongoing subversion aimed at destroying the founding principles of ordered liberty through limited government.
Over time, through a series of calculated lies, manipulations, and falsehoods the secular-progressive movement has taken control of the education system, the entertainment industry, and the court system. The tyranny of control is real, and it is threatening to divide the nation to the point of self-destruction.
The loss of liberty is slow, almost imperceptible process. Like the fog in Robert Frost’s classic poem, it comes on little cat feet. The results are chilling, stifling, and evil.
Those who support anything that erodes ordered liberty are not patriots, they do not fear God, and their goals and proposals will bring tyranny — the tyranny of chaos, or the tyranny of control — and both are evil.
The people who pursue these evil ends also use evil means. They lie, cheat, steal, and re-define words so that they mean only what fits the secular-progressive agenda. They are insufferably arrogant and engrossed in themselves, and what makes them feel better, with no regard or respect to anyone else, especially those who disagree with their blathering.
Think back to then President B. Hussein Obama’s comment about rural voters, “They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.” More recently, Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party presidential candidate, maligned Donald Trump supporters saying, “. . . you can put half of Trump supporters into what I call the ‘basket of deplorables.’”
How do we stop the slide of the United States into Venezuela? First, we must heed the words of Edmund Burke who said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
Those of us “deplorables” who “cling to our bibles and our guns,” those who believe in ordered liberty, in God, and the words of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence, must rise and regain control.
We must wrest control of our institutions from those who wish to enslave us. We must reclaim our children. We must stop our support, whether financial or moral, of anyone or any group whose actions run contrary to liberty.
We are at a crossroads. There is still time to change course peacefully, but the window of opportunity is small. The time for action is now for complacency will guarantee tyranny.
“What country before ever existed a century and a half without a rebellion? And what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon, and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.”
~Thomas Jefferson, 1787
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