Friday, April 03rd, 2009 | Author:

This post is part of the Favorite Founders’ Quote Friday meme. Go to Meet the Founding Fathers to see who else has participated today.

[Note: I'm again postponing the conclusion of my analysis of the Declaration of Independence. Stay tuned. I'll get to it eventually.]

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Karen De Coster wrote an intriguing overview of the state of our nation this week entitled “Guns, Gold, and Secession.” After noting the warp-speed with which the federal government has moved since 9/11, implementing Hillary Clinton and Rahm Emmanuel’s admitted tactic to “never waste a good crisis,” De Coster summarized their agenda:

The Feds are engaged in a sweeping series of measures to take complete control of the financial system (which is forever destroyed) and selected business entities; ratchet up plans for perpetual war; socialize health care; further implant federalized education and criminalize homeschooling; grab guns and ammo; remove children from the homes of dissenters; commence race wars and class wars; force young adults into mandatory state service camps; send protesters to FEMA camps; and on and on and on.

I would add to this list the current Senate push to take control of the internet, the last remnant of truly free speech available to us, by creating a “cyber czar” who could shut it down on a whim.

De Coster discusses the gold standard, Second Amendment rights, and the current secessionist movement sweeping various states, and then concludes:

The only way to get this oppressive tyrant – known as the federal government – off our back is to break away from it and start anew. That twenty-eight states are starting to fan the flames of rebellion by moving towards a sovereign itinerary is fairly remarkable. States and people must declare their sovereignty and remove the tentacles of the federal government’s oppressive laws from their necks. Only a breakup of this monstrous and out-of-control, despotic giant can restore freedom and keep us all from descending further into the federal government’s grip.

I fully support the return to a gold standard; I support the right of citizens to bear arms; I even agree that the federal government has gone too far to be reformed and must, instead, be resisted – but none of these things will prevent the destruction of our country.

While De Coster and many other libertarians have a solid understanding of the Austrian economic principles that provide for a free nation, and proudly wear the badge of radicalism in defense thereof, most of them neglect the one underlying principle that our founders acknowledged above all others as necessary: submission to God.

The Great Experiment has failed because individually and collectively we have turned ours backs on the true freedom that can be found in Jesus Christ, choosing instead to worship the false independence that our fiat money has provided. The foundation laid on The Rock of our salvation has been destroyed and covered over with hay and straw – and it will be burned away.

For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work. (1 Corinthians 3:11-13)

I’m sure some of you are thinking, “Oh, man, why’s she got to get into this God stuff?” I’ll tell you why.

Let’s suppose that a natural gas pipeline is broken in a city and a fire is burning. The first responders evacuate the area. The fire department is hosing down the buildings that have caught fire, and the ones nearby that might catch fire. Until someone turns off the gas, however, all their efforts are in vain.

So, too, we cannot cure a disease by treating the symptoms. The disease that’s killing our nation is rebellion against God. The only way to cure the disease is by true repentance from our extensive list of sins, and a subsequent acknowledgment that Jesus Christ – not Washington, D.C. – is our Lord and Savior.

… there is no truth more thoroughly established than that there exists in the economy and course of nature an indissoluble union between virtue and happiness; between duty and advantage; between the genuine maxims of an honest and magnanimous policy and the solid rewards of public prosperity and felicity; since we ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained;
-George Washington

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2 Responses
  1. Hercules Mulligan says:

    GREAT post, Jean! Thanks for participating today!

    You beat me to the punch again; but at least I got mine (which is kinda short) done before noon!

    The quote relates to the same principle you discuss here. I think you will like. :)

    Happy FFQF!

  2. akaGaGa says:

    Before noon, Herky – I’m impressed! I’m slowly getting caught up on my comments, and hope to get to your wonderful email response soon.

    Now I’m off to read your post!

    Happy FFQF, my friend. Have a wonderful weekend.