Citizen Journalism with a Better Flavor
Volume IV, Issue IX
Governing Best by Governing Self...
"Suppose a nation in some distant Region should take the Bible for their only law Book, and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited! Every member would be obliged in conscience, to temperance, frugality, and industry; to justice, kindness, and charity towards his fellow men; and to piety, love, and reverence toward Almighty G-d ... What a Eutopia, what a Paradise would this region be."
--John Adams, Diary and Autobiography of John Adams, Vol. III, p. 9.
"While we are zealously performing the duties of good citizens and soldiers, we certainly ought not to be inattentive to the higher duties of religion. To the distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian."
--George Washington, The Writings of Washington, pp. 342-343.
"God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the Gift of G-d? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever; That a revolution of the wheel of fortune, a change of situation, is among possible events; that it may become probable by Supernatural influence! The Almighty has no attribute which can take side with us in that event."
-- Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, Query XVIII, p. 237.
"Resistance to tyranny becomes the Christian and social duty of each individual. ... Continue steadfast and, with a proper sense of your dependence on G-d, nobly defend those rights which heaven gave, and no man ought to take from us."
--John Hancock, History of the United States of America, Vol. II, p. 229.
Joy, one of my three readers writes: "Isn't It Ironic? The food stamp program, part of the Department of Agriculture, is pleased to be distributing the greatest amount of food stamps ever.
Meanwhile, the Park Service, also part of the Department of Agriculture, asks us to "please do not feed the animals" because the animals may grow dependent and not learn to take care of themselves."
To which my nephew, who served in Iraq writes: "I wonder if the Roman politicians bragged about how many loaves had been handed out at the gladiator games befor their society pooped out?
The less self sufficient you can make people the easier it is to control them. It's almost as easy as invading their lands."
How true! But when people willingly give up the sense of G-d instilled principles that guide their lives and look to the government to provide for them, they give up far more than self-sufficiency. They enslave themselves. The "other" weekly news magazine this week presents "Ten Ideas that will Change Your Life," but they are at best reporting social trends.
There is nothing new under the sun though. Moses led the people out of Egypt and with ten simple lines of Divine revelation built a people that have carried their heritage and built a great nation several times over. They built the first kingdom, returned from exile under Ezra and Nehemiah and built the amazing Nation of Modern Israel in the mid-Twentieth Century!
Our Founding Fathers took the same principles with them to found the great Nation we live in.
It should not surprise us that the values we have built upon are under attack from those who do not love our Nation or Israel. We do well to understand that "lunch inspectors" in schools are not just an annoyance, they represent a usurping of the authority G-d has given parents in Holy Writ. The G-d who states that "Children are a blessing from the LORD" cannot regard well the proclaimations of a John Holdren who wants to tell us how big our families may be.
There is not space here to adequately discuss how popular media and the elite "educated class" war against these values, but much of the vitriol being heaped on Rick Santorum and others has its roots in this struggle.
Homage to Andrew Breitbart
"Andrew passed away unexpectedly from natural causes shortly after midnight this morning in Los Angeles.
We have lost a husband, a father, a son, a brother, a dear friend, a patriot and a happy warrior.
Andrew lived boldly, so that we more timid souls would dare to live freely and fully, and fight for the fragile liberty he showed us how to love." -- Ben Howe
Mr. Breitbart was a brave champion for all who seek to live free. We will miss him.
Musings from Michigan
With Arizona and Michigan behind us, we move on toward 'Super Tuesday.' Although much ink has been spilled in trying to analyze what happened, here are a few points worth pondering:
Although Mitt Romney won Michigan, the Santorum camp was quick to point out that it was a virtual tie, resulting in an even split in the selection of delegates. Lynn [click to read] and Dick Morris [click to read] points out that much of the Santorum surge is from crossover Democrat votes. Apparently the Democrat strategists would prefer to run against a candidate that they think they can marginalize. Romney's debate performances when he's taking on Obama have to be unnerving them. Ann Coulter [click to read] makes an interesting point. Santorum is wonderful on the big ideas but he seems to lack something when it comes to communicating them.