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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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This is Why the Left Hates You

“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.” Jesus

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It is obvious that the left has become a venomous mob, attacking anyone and anything in their path toward progressivism. Those who loudly proclaim themselves against hate, are indeed the worst perpetrators of it. There is a reason why. It is a Cosmic Conflict at its core. PolitiCrossing Founder Chris Widener takes five minutes to explain the following bible verses (Video below):

John 15:18-21 “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me.”

Ephesians 6:12 “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

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Life is Short: Married October 1st, Dead on December 5th

You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.

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When I first moved to Chattanooga a year ago, I knew nobody, yet friends came quickly. One of the first people I met who was so welcoming was Andy, a 38 year old financial advisor. He was a gift. We went to lunch and became friends. We didn’t do a lot together but we spoke regularly. He was engaged and getting ready to be married on top of running a growing financial advisory business. He loved to fly his airplane and he loved boating. He and his fiancé’s life looked like it would be amazing. Young, affluent and in love.

On October 1st, my wife and I attended their wedding. It was beautiful. 250 guests celebrated with them and enjoyed a beautiful reception. When the reception was over it was off for their honeymoon.

Then, early in the week after they got back from their honeymoon, less than two weeks after getting married, Andy was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. Everyone was shocked, but hopeful. Andy was in great shape and active and a positive man.

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Yesterday, December 5th, Andy passed away at 39. 65 days after getting married, Andy’s wife became a widow.

It has made me think so much about life. Life is short. There are no guarantees in life. No promise of tomorrow. It truly is one day at a time.

But what does Andy’s death mean to you, even though you didn’t know him? It can be a reminder. You may not be here tomorrow. Christmas may never come for you, even this year.

As the Bible says in James 4:13-15, “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business, and make a profit.’ You do not even know what will happen tomorrow! What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, ‘If the Lord is willing, we will live and do this or that.’”

What does that mean for you today?

It means you should love.
It means you should forgive.
It means you should take that risk.
It means you should reconcile that broken relationship.
It means you should laugh.
It means you should encourage someone.
It means you should take that trip.
It means you should enjoy that meal.
It means you should read that book.
It means you should sit in front of that fire with friends and a great bottle of wine.
It means you should really live.

Ultimately, it means that you should prepare for your future. I don’t mean your future here. I mean your future in the afterlife. Andy was a man of faith. Andy is in a better place today even though his friends and family are at a loss. Andy knew God and knew that God loved him.

We all have a short life here – even if you live to eighty, it still feels short and you wonder where all the time went. So live your best life. Make an impact and a difference. Leave the world a better place because you were in it. But more importantly, make sure that you are right with God because eventually we all draw our last breath and in the twinkling of an eye, we are face to face with our Maker.

Don’t be afraid of dying, be afraid of never really living…

We will miss you Andy, but we will see you soon.

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