The Grand Experiment: The United States of America
At the time of our country’s birth, the idea that people could actually rule themselves had never been given serious thought, much less tried on such a large scale. Throughout recorded history, it was known among the elite of mankind that the earth was flat, drilling holes in a person’s head would relieve their headache, and masses of people must be ruled by those of superior status.
People doing the right things without being told what to do or think could not possibly work. If it did work, it would mean all men were equal, and all men being equal would allow them to pursue their own interests and dreams regardless of their bloodline.
The pundits of this experiment were all expecting this grand scheme to fall apart as soon as hardship came upon the people, but the people of this country had already endured the hardships of an oppressive King. Fueled by their hope of freedom, our forefathers were prepared for any external obstacles. The only question unanswered would be: could “we the people” control our freedom.
Our forefathers had firsthand experience with oppressive rule, and were well aware of the perils uncharted territories would bring. They proceeded with prayerful caution in setting up a Representative Democracy. George Washington would write; “the preservation of the sacred fire of liberty… Is finally staked, on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.”
The signatures of the 56 men who signed the declaration of independence put them “all in.” If this Republic did not work, (Benjamin Franklin writes) “we must, indeed all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall hang separately.” They would pay with their very lives. Our forefathers had faith in doing what was right, and they knew their Creator would protect and sustain them and their new Republic as long as they and the people retained their virtue.
The virtue they and I are talking about is the willingness of the people to treat each other in a just and moral way. Everyone is equal and our rights are given by our Creator not our government or a special group of people. Thomas Jefferson writes, “Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed the only firm basis a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God?”
“Bad men cannot make good citizens. It is when a people forget God that tyrants forge their chains. A vitiated state of morals, a corrupted public conscience, is incompatible with freedom. No free government, or the blessings of liberty, can be preserved to any people but by a firm adherent to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality, and virtue; and by a frequent recurrence to fundamental principles.” – Patrick Henry-
Allegiance to our country while holding the morals of our creator is the catalyst that keeps our government in check. John Adams echoes this theme as he writes, “no free government can stand without virtue in the people, and a lofty spirit of patriotism… Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” The institutions of our governments are corrupt and inept, not because of the people who hold the office, but because of the moral decay of the constituents they serve. The culture of “we the people” reveals our preference to the emotional drama of opinion over the tranquil peace of truth.
“Neither the wisest constitution, nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt. He therefore is the truest friend of the liberty of his country who tries most to promote its virtue.” –Samuel Adams If “we the people” are to have a long and prosperous future with liberty and justice for all; this is where we must start the remodel of our Republic. We must strengthen our moral resolve.
I have dubbed myself a faith based political writer. My intentions are not to belt people with the Bible, my Christian faith, or my Judeo Christian theology, but rather to bear witness to the truths they offer our Republic. I’m starting a series of books addressing the many issues that hinder the prosperity of our country. Starting with the divisions we find in our alliance to our fellow countrymen, the issue of unwanted children has been a canker in our Republic for almost 50 years, and it has driven wedges so deep into our citizenry we have become a sitting target for those who wish us harm. It is my opinion that our country cannot sustain its sovereignty with such great a divide. We must as a people with overwhelming consensus resolve this issue. In my first book, “Abortion the True Cost to America” I write about what I believe are self- evident truths that we all must deal with. I truly believe that if we as a people will solve this issue with an honest conscience, the blessings our forefathers talked about will manifest themselves in our nation’s prosperity.Visit http://jdsharp.net/ for more information. You can also purchase books at Amazon in e-book and paperback.http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_13?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=abortion%20the%20true%20cost%20to%20america&sprefix=abortion+the+%2Caps%2C183
Happy Birthday America!
May God bless America my home sweet home and may our forefathers rest in peace.