When I was a young boy, a President inspired our country with the words: “Ask not, what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.” Now, we’ve seen the takeover of banks, auto companies, healthcare, student loans and there’re people chanting “Yes we can” or “Hope and change” while their waiting in lines for their share of the “government stash”.
How did we get from where we were when I was a boy to where we are now? Our Founding Fathers have been disrespected, our Constitution has been ignored, and most importantly; reverence for God has been removed from the national conversation.
The America I know and love is one nation, under God, the land of Liberty, E Pluribus Unum and In God We Trust. Today, if Americas are to hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; we must return to reliance upon that Creator. We need to overcome the notion that big government will endow us with anything but a future of slavery to the State.
Our Founders fought a war for freedom from this slavery. They risked everything that they had. And while doing so, they set forth the then radical idea that Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. That’s not freedom from religion. That’s freedom of religion. It also tells us that America will never be a theocracy.
George Washington, the father of our country said: “Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”
We know the names and faces of the famous Founders. But many anonymous Patriot souls died in that fight against tyranny so that you and I could enjoy the fruits of their struggle. Being of sound mind and body, I now declare to the world that I would rather die a free man than live as a slave to big government. I will exercise my right to worship as I see fit, and defend your right to do likewise. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, I pledge my Life, my Fortune, and my sacred Honor.
Another inspiring President once wrote: “You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children’s children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done.”