Wednesday, June 09, 2010

A Disclaimer On The Constitution And The Declaration

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A publishing company that publishes and distributes copies of the US Constitution and the Declaration of Independence in booklet form, has added a disclaimer. That's right, a disclaimer.

The disclaimer begins with this: "This book is a product of its own time and does not reflect the same values as it would if it were written today."

And there's more. I'll come back to that in a moment with details.

Yesterday, 11 more states held their primary elections and the electorate as well as the media reflected, once again, the passion with which people participated in the election process.

While the contests are characterized and analyzed in terms of Republican, Democrat, Constitution Party, Tea Party, etc., as they should be, the passion runs deeper than a party or label.

The upcoming election is about two different views of what America is and should become. I personally believe 2010 and 2012 will be the most important and defining elections in the history of this nation. I am not alone in that belief.

The disclaimer on the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence reflects a great division in our country that transcends political party affiliations.

President Obama's comment on American exceptionalism has been often quoted, including in these blogs, because it's a defining comment.

He said he believed in American exceptionalism, just like Brits believe in Britain's exceptionalism and Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism. Not a big deal.

We have not passed along to the previous two, maybe three generations, an accurate understanding of what America is and what it stands for. Our children, for the most par,t do not understand the goodness and charity of the greatest nation on the Earth.

We now have a president who is a product of a failed education system, who travels the world apologizing for our country. And doing so to second rate nations and organizations who contribute little to nothing to mankind.

Two visions for America.

One ignores the goodness and the greatness of this "city on a hill" and diligently works to remake us into the image of just another European secular socialist nation.

The other says, "No, we are not Europe and we don't want to become Europe." Our Founders chose a different path. They chose not to be Europe. They rejected Europe. They choose to build a nation framed around God-given freedoms that were protected, not given, by government--- free enterprise and personal freedoms.

They chose principle and values as a charter and mission and thanked "the strong hand of Providence" for their miraculous victory in the Revolutionary War---a war they should not have been able to win.

The Judeo-Christian values and principles upon which this country was built, and a prevailing Christian consensus in the culture, continued well after our Founding documents were framed and served to resist the import of secularism and humanism from France, Germany and England until the latter part of the 19th century.

Colleges were built by Christians and Christian organizations, biblical principals were openly taught, character and morality were instilled in our youth.

It was 72 years after our founding, that Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) became the first college chartered by atheists.
Following this, humanists gradually took over our teacher's colleges, moving the headwater of American education to what would become the citadel of secularism---Columbia University.

It was at Columbia that John Dewey and his secularist disciples created what became known as "progressive education". Supported by a belief in relativism, "progressive education" was secular and began a decline in both quality of education and morality in our country.

As Judeo-Christian values were stripped from the culture, moral training and character building, that had long been an important part of our once great education system, were lost as well.

Now, several generations have not been taught what America is really about. We are culturally choking on artificial fairness, perverted tolerance and political correctness. The emperor has no clothes.

This election is a referendum on what we want America to be. We have a president, a product of public education, who is intent on "remaking" America and is assisted by a legislative majority who will sell the soul of the country to retain power.

Never has the divide been more evident than at this point in our history.

Lincoln said America is the last best hope for mankind. If we become Europe, we will no longer represent hope to anyone.

The lines are not blurred. There are two sides, two dreams, two destinies and America is deciding which path we will take.

The following disclaimer says it all:


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Gary Randall
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  1. Well said, Gary. I wish you could give this as a sermon at our church. God bless you.Kweep up the good work.

  2. Does Gary believe that, were the Constitution written today: African-Americans would be permitted to be held as slaves and counted as 3/5ths of a person, Women would not be allowed to vote, ethnic minorities would not be allowed to vote? If not then on what basis does he dispute the disclaimer?

  3. Anything to undermine the cultural foundation of America. The foundation is crumbling. Do we really think we can become a socialist secular European country and continue to prosper and be blessed?

  4. Anonymous said...
    Does Gary believe that, were the Constitution written today: African-Americans would be permitted to be held as slaves and counted as 3/5ths of a person, Women would not be allowed to vote, ethnic minorities would not be allowed to vote? If not then on what basis does he dispute the disclaimer?"

    The 3/5th compromise was a necessary but ugly compromise. This was changed by the 14th amendment and is part of the constitution.

    The constutition does not deny women or ethnic minorities the right to vote.

  5. Many liberals today do use Europe as an example of what they believe we should be.
    It has always been a common common denominator that more government means less personal freedom. Redistribution leads to less productivity.

  6. 12:19

    I'm trying to understand your viewpoint. Other than the freedom to carry guns, what freedoms do you enjoy that they don't enjoy in most European countries?

  7. Thanks 9:04 . I will try to explain my persception here .

    But basically I believe it is easier in this country to start a business then say England, Sweden, Greece. We have a culture and society built around less governemtn intervention.

    Government intervention like Corprrations often get the "evil" attack from opposing political sides. I believe they each have their place in free societys.

    We all would never say give up social security . But why , because government implemented a system that the rest of us have built our lives around to retire and receive medical care when we are old . Good things and bad things connected around it , but one thing for sure government controls how we retire in this country. perhaps that is a good thing , but one thing for sure is government controls it .

    In Europe people work less and retire earlier. It also costs much more in taxes , reduces their GDP , and of course reduces their ability to do things because they can not afford to .

    I don't believe Americans are better then Europeans . But I do believe our freedoms have allowed us to be more innovative. we invent new medicines , medical procedures, leading in scientific studies, etc.

    When you are taught and build your system around depending on government , the majority of your population will follow that path .

    I hoped I explained this , I have read editorials that can explain so much better then i just have .

  8. Worldly government with too much power has always fallen into ruin.


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