The left continues its attack on Wall Street, and not without cause. While several conservative commentators have denounced it, as I have written in recent columns, “We the People” are more than fed up; we are at the end of a long line of failed leadership and unanswered grievances. Indeed, reports today are that the so-called budget deal – long pushed down the road by both Democrats and Republicans – is yet another sham, with paltry cuts to our over-bloated budget. This is just one example of the failed leadership that has brought our nation to its knees.
It’s time for conservatives, libertarians, people of faith and other concerned citizens to also take to the streets. Gandhi, a man not just of conviction but also faith, used civil disobedience to effectively challenge despotic governments in South Africa and India. We can do the same. It’s not a left or right issue. It’s called survival – before our nation collapses totally under the weight not only of political and judicial corruption, but the lack of morality, ethics and spirituality in our general populace.
Our Founding Fathers recognized in 1776, even before they declared the colonies’ independence from Great Britain, that no form of government would survive if the people themselves were as corrupt and irreligious as the politicians and kings they despised. Founding Father and second American president, John Adams, forecast just 13 days before signing the Declaration of Independence that we can change our rulers and forms of government many times, but without ethics, morality and religion there would be no lasting liberty. He later emphasized, after our country won its freedom and ratified our Constitution, that “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. … Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. … We have no constitution which functions in the absence of a moral people.”
John Quincy Adams, the son of John Adams who accompanied him as a young boy to lobby the French to intervene on our behalf during the American Revolution and who many historians believe was an even greater president than his father, predictably also espoused these principles. He wrote, “Men, in a word, must necessarily be controlled either by a power within them or by a power without them; either by the word of God or by the strong arm of man; either by the Bible or by the bayonet. … The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: It connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity (July 4, 1821).”
Patrick Henry, who before the American Revolution challenged the people to rise up and win their liberty from King George III, declaring “Give me liberty or give me death!” also preached how the Gospel was so closely tied to our nation’s future: “It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great Nation was founded not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For that reason alone, people of other faiths have been afforded freedom of worship here.”
Thomas Jefferson’s words also rang true in this regard; “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 mind of the people that these liberties are of the Gift of God?” He added: “Deemed in other countries incompatible with good government and yet proved by our experience to be its best support…. I am a real Christian, that is to say, a disciple of Jesus. I have little doubt that our whole country will soon be rallied to the unity of our creator.”
And, of course, there was George Washington, our inspirational war-time general and first American president, who also echoed these sound thoughts, preaching; “I am sure that never was a people, who had more reason to acknowledge a Divine inspiration in their affairs, than those of the United States, and I should be pained to believe that they have forgotten … the omnipotence of that God who is alone able to protect them. … True religion affords to the government it surest support. Religion and morality are the essential pillars of civil society. … It is substantially true that virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government. The rule, indeed, extends with more or less force to every species of free government. Who that is a sincere friend to it can look with indifference upon attempts to shake the foundation of the fabric?”
So when we do take to the streets and join our leftist “friends,” it should not be just to protest government and its failures, but to preach to the American people, in the words of our Founding Fathers, that it does not matter how many times we change rules or forms of government; without ethics, morality and religion we will not have a functioning country. And, indeed that is just what has occurred in a record 236 years since the colonies declared their independence.
We must rise up, stop our corrupt government and its enablers in their tracks, peacefully and with the force of our Lord, and rebuild with the vision of our Founding Fathers. This will not be easy. With each successive generation, our nation has grown more corrupt. But we need to make a start and take strong action and do so forcefully as “One Nation Under God,” because the end is otherwise not far off.