WAKE FOREST, N.C., September 23, 2013 — Our Founding Fathers would not have approved or sanctioned the overall direction our country is currently headed. Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died. Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured. Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War. They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.
What were some of their sentiments on contemporary challenges and issues? Consider the following:
On entitlements and government handouts:
“When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the Republic.” (Benjamin Franklin)
“I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.” (James Madison)
“A wise and frugal government … shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government.” (Thomas Jefferson)
“…‘tis godlike” to care for the misfortunes of others. But if we provide Encouragements for Laziness, and Support for Folly, may it not be found Fighting against the Order of God and Nature.” (Benjamin Franklin)
On the responsibility of our government:
“An elective despotism was not the government we fought for; but one in which the powers of government should be so divided and balanced among the several bodies of magistracy as that no one could transcend their legal limits without being effectually checked and restrained by the others.” (James Madison)
“Congress has not unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare, but only those specifically enumerated.” (Thomas Jefferson)
On preserving the integrity of the Republic:
“Statesmen, my dear Sir, may plan and speculate for liberty, but it is Religion and Morality alone, which can establish the Principles upon which Freedom can securely stand. The only foundation of a free Constitution is pure Virtue, and if this cannot be inspired into our People in a greater Measure, than they have it now, they may change their Rulers and the forms of Government, but they will not obtain a lasting liberty. (John Adams)
With all that is going of today, it appears that our elected officials have missed the mark set by those founders. But the responsibility does not stop there. It is also a reflection of the apparent)apathy on the part of many citizens who do not exercise their Constitutional right and responsibility to: 1) research the backgrounds of those seeking public office, and 2) vote for those who will best represent the values and principles on which this great nation was founded.
We hear about America’s disapproval for the oxymoronic “Affordable Health Care Act” (aka: ObamaCare). Yet, despite the fact that ObamaCare and runaway government spending would put our nation on a path of financial ruin, many of the same officials were reelected and sent back to Washington D.C.
We have one more shot at putting the right people in office in 2014. It starts at the local level with Commissioners, judges, county clerks, mayors, governors, sheriffs, and can be accentuated in the Fall of 2014 with a sweeping action of putting true Patriots in Congress.
Now is the time to recruit and screen those who are to represent the will of the people. Our Founding Fathers would want it no other way.
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