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Has America Grown Incapable Of Freedom?

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“Let me add, only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.”

~ Benjamin Franklin

 

It is said that republics decline into democracies and democracies degenerate into despotisms. After over 240 years, has America grown incapable of freedom? How long can a nation remain free if the citizens no longer place a high value on freedom and liberty? These are rather fascinating questions given our current political and spiritual landscape. In order to find some answers we must start this journey at the beginning. At the founding of our republic.

Our republic was founded by men who strongly believed in God. There was no doubt in their minds that the victory over the British was divinely aided. Ben Franklin stated, “All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a superintending Providence in our favor.” He went even further, “…the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth – that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid?”

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That then leads to this logical adjunct. Is it also then probable an empire can fall when God is pushed away? As generation after generation has passed, that once righteous and religious people that fought for freedom and founded our republic have moved to live in compromise and now outright rebellion. Ben Franklin added, “I also believe that without His concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than builders of Babel.”

“No people will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffused and virtue is preserved. On the Contrary, when People are universally ignorant, and debauched in their Manners, they will sink under their own weight without the Aid of foreign invaders.”

~ Samuel Adams

This past year has shown just how easily the American people have tamely surrendered their freedom and liberty for a virus. Many have surrendered freedom for what they believe is some security. Could you imagine even just twenty years ago the American population so easily surrendering to government mandates by politicians and unelected health officials?

We have become a population that has more and more abandoned God and morality and replaced Him with the state. It’s a Faustian bargain. Americans have exchanged freedom and liberty for the security of government. They wish for government to take care of them from the cradle to the grave. They would rather give up individual freedom and liberty to let a small elite class of people manage and dictate for the collective good. Liberty is not collective, it is personal. All liberty is individual liberty.

That brings us back to the core question. Has America grown incapable of freedom? Is their a direct correlation between how moral and righteous a people are and how much they value freedom and liberty? Ben Franklin said only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. John Adams said our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people and it was totally inadequate for the government of any other. So has America become so immoral and debauched by rejecting God and His laws that we have lost the ability to comprehend the importance of freedom and liberty?

Americans need to take a long hard look in the mirror and evaluate the state of this republic as it stands. A spring will cease to flow if its source dries up and a tree will wither if its roots are destroyed. That source and those roots were built on God. By removing God from America we have seen a steady deterioration of our culture and politics. Freedom and liberty aren’t tangible things one can touch or see. They are ideals. They have their source and roots in religious convictions. They are able to be lost if the citizens don’t hold them sacred and pass those values down from generation to generation.

We have no doubt become more corrupt and vicious as a nation and in need of more masters. We have become an elective despotism. This is clearly not what our founding fathers fought for. Is it too late to turn around this ill-fated course? That’s the money question. Once liberty and freedom are lost, they are lost forever. Ultimately, it falls upon the American people to decide how history writes the final chapter of this republic. Are there enough Americans left who place the highest value on freedom and liberty to do whatever it takes to change course or has America grown incapable of freedom?

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Michael was born and raised in Wisconsin and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a BA-History. He started writing a blog in January 2016 called, Conservative Thinker, and has written about politics, foreign policy, economics, and social issues with a historical perspective. He resides in Cullman, AL and enjoys hiking, photography, and traveling in his spare time. You can find him on Twitter and Instagram @buckyboymike and follow his blog at www.conservativethinker.net.



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Seek Out the Good in Others

If you try, you can find at least one thing admirable in everyone you meet.

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Will Rogers, a political satirist, entertainer, and beloved figure in the first half of the twentieth century allegedly said, “I never met a man I didn’t like.” Many people have interpreted Will Rogers to have meant that he could find something admirable in everyone he met. So, too, can we all.

Something Admirable

Is there a co-worker with whom you have had a nasty relationship? Is there something good about this co-worker that you can draw upon, so that you can actually say something nice to him/her at your next encounter?

Is there a neighbor with whom you have had a continuing squabble? What would it do to your relationship if you sent your neighbor a card or a brief note that said something along the lines of, “I noticed how lovely your garden was the other day and wanted to let you know that I appreciate the work you’ve done in maintaining it.” Too syrupy, or, pardon the expression, too flowery?  Guess again.

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You’re on this planet for finite amount of time. Do you want to go through your life trading hostilities with people, never having the where-with-all to restore some semblance of civility to the relationship?

Finding the Good

Try thinking of and listing five people who you may not have a good relationship with but can acknowledge. Next to each person’s name, write what is good about them. Do they maintain a nice garden? Here are some ideas for you in case you’re drawing a blank. This person…

* Is kind to the receptionist at work.
* Turns assignments in on time, and hence, supports the team.
* Walks softly past your office, so as not to disturb you.
* Greets you in the morning when you arrive.
* Maintains his or her office well.

Away from work, here are some ideas for finding the good in others:
* Keeps the street in front of the yard free of debris.
* Is respectful of others’ needs for quiet.
* Dresses well.
* Has well-behaved children.
* Drives safely in the neighborhood.

If you try, you’ll find something good!

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Reducing Stress Through Prayer, and More

Taking a few minutes out of a hectic day can spell the difference between frenzy and tranquility

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Prayer has been an effective method for soothing the soul since people first believed in God. For some people, the payoff comes with sitting still, and being quiet. Many feel a direct connection with God which, in itself, is calming. Those who attend a place of worship every Sunday find that praying with others is comforting. Reverence to God, fellowship, and familiar chants and hymns can all aid in reducing stress and bringing inner contentment.

If you haven’t prayed in a while, in addition to the religious aspects, the stress reduction can be magnificent. Even if you never attend a formal prayer service, informal prayer, by your bedside, in a comfortable chair, or somewhere in nature can work as well. Some of the most accomplished and admirable people who have ever walked this earth have been deeply religious and have found great comfort in prayer.

Other Options

In our rush-rush society, your ability to take a few minutes out of a hectic day can spell the difference between frenzy and tranquility. The majority of stress we experience is a result of the daily deluge of information and communication we come in contact with on top of the amount of tasks we need to accomplish. If you have been experiencing severe stress, it might mean the difference between a long life and a shortened one.

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People have long used drugs (prescribed and otherwise!) and medications to achieve certain effects. I’m not knocking all of these substances – some of them probably live up to their mystique; however, there is no need to engage in drugs, considering there are so many other ways to effectively reduce stress.

Amidst the flurry of reports from medical researchers, many people also rely on a glass or two of wine each day to relax. If this is your habit, and it works for you, you’re probably on reasonably safe ground. The latest research, however, paints a less rosy picture about wine’s beneficial effects. I’m concerned, as well, about the long-term effects of having two glasses of wine, 365 days a year, for 10 or 20 years.

Change for Real

It often seems like people around you are enamored by some techniques such as meditation or yoga, but in reality, most people who practice these or other techniques do so only a handful of times. Then, they revert back to what they did previously.

The changes that you implement need to come without too much pain, to be subtle, even natural and easy. Otherwise, you probably won’t stick with them. Lasting and effective change can come from small incremental change. So, keep in mind that not every technique will strike your fancy. Enough of them will fit your lifestyle, and will work for you enough of the time for you to stay with them and to ultimately exercise control in ways that you have always wanted.

Talking to Someone

The mere act of talking to someone about issues confronting you can be stress reducing, and certainly more effective than mentally stewing over things alone. In The Psychological Society, author Martin L. Gross concluded that “the modern industry of psychology in America was no more effective in treating patients than witch doctors in Africa were in treating people who came to them.”

The key was whether or not the patient believed that the doctor had healing powers. Hence, if you believe that a witch doctor can help you, then a witch doctor can be as effective as a psychiatrist. A trusted friend or relative, with whom you can discuss your problems, can be equally effective.

The idea of talking to someone about what is stressing you is not so much that you will find a solution then and there, but that the mere physical act of discussing the stressor moves you closer to resolution, perhaps using one of the techniques discussed in this article.

Using Humor

Throughout the ages, humor has also been a primary tool in helping to reduce stress. Don’t discount the power of humor before trying it. If it’s been a while, or forever, since you’ve engaged in humor to reduce stress, you’re in for a treat. I’m not talking about jokes or side-splitting belly laughs, but rather a gleeful, playful acceptance of the inane and absurd situations that you encounter, and as a business owner you have your share of them.

The ability to laugh at yourself or to laugh at your situation might spell the fundamental difference between those who show resilience in the face of hard times, and those who face nervous breakdowns.

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