Friday, April 24th, 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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As I was reading through a letter Sam Adams wrote to Ben Franklin, it occurred to me that we as Americans don’t think this way anymore. Instead of determining what is right and just, we have swallowed the koolaid of moral relativism. We say that there is no objective right or wrong, it all depends on the circumstances.

When a pastor was beaten and tazed for refusing to answer questions the people with guns had no right to ask, most commenters said, “he deserved what he got” for not obeying the people with guns. Others cited case law, and said the cops and the border patrol were within their legal rights. Very few looked past these issues and determined that what happened was just plain wrong.

One of the definitions of justice is righteousness, both personal and civic. The Book of Proverbs addresses this more than once.

By the blessing of the upright a city is exalted,
But by the mouth of the wicked it is torn down.
(11:11)

Righteousness exalts a nation,
But sin is a disgrace to any people.
(14:34)

Better is a little with righteousness
Than great income with injustice.
(16:8)

It is an abomination for kings to commit wicked acts,
For a throne is established on righteousness.
(16:12)

As a nation, we need to return to the Bible, to an impartial standard of justice and righteousness that doesn’t change every time the wind blows. Then we, too, could write a letter to teach people 200+ years from now. And if you think Adam’s letter doesn’t apply today because we have “representation,” go drink some more koolaid: you are deceived.

THE COMMITTEE OF CORRESPONDENCE OF MASSACHUSETTS
TO BENJAMIN FRANKLIN


Boston, March 31st, 1774


Sir:

By the inclosed Papers you will observe the proceedings of the two Houses of Assembly in the late session with regard to the Justices of the Superior Court. The conduct of Administration in advising an annual Grant of the Crown to the Governor and the Judges whereby they are rendered absolutely dependent on the Crown for their being and support, had justly and very thoroughly alarmed the apprehensions of the people. They clearly saw that this measure would complete the Tragedy of American Freedom, for they could conceive of no state of slavery more perfect, than for a Parliament in which they could have no voice to claim a power of making Laws to bind them in all cases whatever, and to exercise that assumed Power in taking their money from them and appropriating it for the support of Judges who are to execute such laws as that parliament should see fit to make binding upon them, and a Fleet and Army to enforce their subjection to them. No discerning Minister could expect that a people who had not entirely lost the Spirit and Feeling of that Liberty wherewith they had before been made free, would tamely and without a struggle submit to be thus disgraced and enslaved by the most powerful and haughty Nation on Earth …

… And his Lordship ought to consider his Interest in this particular not as a personal favor done to you but as a piece of Justice done to the Province.

The Writings of Samuel Adams: 1773-1777
by Samuel Adams, p. 85 – 92


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  1. Hercules Mulligan says:

    Great post, and great letter by Adams! It makes you really amazed at where we’ve come as a nation. Our forefathers were alarmed (eh, alarmed to ACTION, I should say; they didn’t just complain) that their government assumed such power, and centralized it without a blink.

    A man gets tortured nearly to death, and people today are fast asleep. Oh, this nation has no excuses! We don’t deserve the fruits of the labors of our forefathers!

    Thanks for participating. I posted mine. I’m sorry we will miss your FFQF next week, but don’t feel rushed!

    Happy FFQF!

  2. Mikes says:

    I agree!