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“If man is not governed by God, he will be ruled by tyrants,” warned William Penn, founder and first governor of Pennsylvania.
America’s founders, from the Pilgrims to the original tea partiers to those that pledged their “lives, fortunes and sacred honor” to purchase our freedom, understood the simple math of liberty: We are either ruled from within by obedience to a transcendent, faith-based moral code, or, cut off from our true inner compass, we find ourselves ruled from without by tyrants of one sort or another.
John Adams knew it. “Our Constitution,” said America’s second president, “was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
Indeed all the Founding Fathers knew it.
But today we live in strange times, when it’s widely considered fashionable, even enlightened, not to be governed by God, or even to acknowledge His existence. And as we can see, in the age of Obama, we are – let’s say it – ruled by tyrants.
Now comes the tea-party movement, bearers not only of the name, but in considerable measure the spirit, of those nobly rebellious souls who generations ago banded together and stood up to despots and inspired the noblest revolution in history shortly afterward.
Yet, while this young, dynamic movement grows, fervently intent on impacting the November election and after that helping shape the country, tea partiers are in some danger of going off-track or being misled. This is because, wonderful though the tea-party movement is, it exists in an age of relentless attacks on Christianity, of the gentle brainwashing system known as “political correctness,” of profound confusion disseminated by our subversive press, entertainment media and educational establishment.
But now sounds the bugle. Joseph Farah – not only my long-time friend, colleague, WND founder and crusading journalistic veteran, but a risk-taking patriot who understands the true basis of lasting liberty and isn’t afraid to talk about it – has come forth with an eloquent and powerfully reasoned argument for letting God back into our lives, into America and into the tea party.
Following in the tradition of Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense” and other passionate revolutionary-era pamphleteers, in “The Tea Party Manifesto: A Vision for an American Rebirth,” Farah appeals equally to the hearts and minds of his countrymen with an irresistible call simply to return to our roots as Americans.
Though some tea-party members and even leaders are reluctant to embrace the transcendent logic and therefore the power of their predecessors, Farah reminds us that the American Revolution was, after all, ultimately about a revolutionary system that enshrined individual rights bequeathed to us by God, and not solely about taxation, debt, regulation and incompetence.
“Here’s how I define the tea-party manifesto,” writes Farah with bottom-line simplicity:
- Like America’s forefathers, we believe we are accountable to a sovereign God who grants us unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
- Like America’s forefathers, we believe the Constitution strictly limits the power of the federal government and uniquely recognizes and protects those unalienable individual rights.
That’s simple. And, from my experience, it represents the core values and beliefs of the overwhelming number of tea-party participants and activists.
As Farah emphasizes throughout “The Tea Party Manifesto,” the right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” stems directly from the reality that there is a Creator, and that He put a little bit of himself into each of us, and therefore each human life is precious in His eyes.
Indeed, that’s why we have rights. That’s why we protect life. That’s why we need a strong military. That’s why we have to let failing businesses fail and not bail them out – because there is a God who rewards those who do well and rebukes those who ignore his laws. In short, everything the tea-party movement cherishes and champions is rooted directly in the reality of God.
On the other hand, the history of the last century – of atheistic totalitarianism, Marxism, communism, socialism, progressivism, everything the tea party opposes – has been the history of the denial of God and its bitter fruits.
How, then, my friends, do we cure that by denying God ourselves?
One of the greatest gifts one person can give another in this life is to encourage them deeply to stick to their inner convictions, to embolden them to champion that which they secretly hold dear but had somehow doubted, or were afraid to say, or even think anymore.