Morals Matter

    Because of my more conservative views on all issues. Both fiscal and social, I have often been asked to defend those positions.

   People who are consumed with fiscal issues and who believe that it is political suicide to even discuss social issues, will often ask why I feel it is so important to debate abortion, homosexual marriage, teen pregnancy and any number of other societal issues.

   My argument has always been, what will we have gained? If we save ourselves thousands of tax dollars, yet our communities have fallen into moral decay.

  Some people still may wonder why it is important to try to regain the moral high ground. They ask, how dare we attempt to make moral decisions for others. Well we can’t. Only individuals can make those decisions. But as a society we can attempt to lead and teach. We must assure a moral base for our society. Our very existence depends on it.

  Now of course there will be special interest groups who will see this as an attack on their chosen life styles. Maybe it is. Maybe they should look inward.

  The following is a letter written by someone who knew a little something about the Founding of this nation. Someone who was intimate with the intention of our Founding documents and their powers. Someone who also would have known their limitations.

  This is a letter written in 1798, by John Adams to officers of the Massachusetts Malitia. In it he explains the need for a religious based moral society, in order for the Constitution to be effective.

  ”

GENTLEMEN—

I HAVE received from Major-General Hull and Brigadier General Walker your unanimous address from Lexington, animated with a martial spirit, and expressed with a military dignity becoming your character and the memorable plains on which it was adopted.

While our country remains untainted with the principles and manners which are now producing desolation in so many parts of the world; while she continues sincere, and incapable of insidious and impious policy, we shall have the strongest reason to rejoice in the local destination assigned us by Providence. But should the people of America once become capable of that deep simulation towards one another, and towards foreign nations, which assumes the language of justice and moderation while it is practising iniquity and extravagance, and displays in the most captivating manner the charming pictures of candor, frankness, and sincerity, while it is rioting in rapine and insolence, this country will be the most miserable habitation in the world; because we have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.

An address from the officers commanding two thousand eight hundred men, consisting of such substantial citizens as are able and willing at their own expense completely to arm and clothe themselves in handsome uniforms, does honor to that division of the militia which has done so much honor to its country.

Oaths in this country are as yet universally considered as sacred obligations. That which you have taken and so solemnly repeated on that venerable spot, is an ample pledge of your sincerity and devotion to your country and its government.

JOHN ADAMS.”  

 

  I would draw special attention to this portion of the letter;

  “But should the people of America once become capable of that deep simulation towards one another, and towards foreign nations, which assumes the language of justice and moderation while it is practising iniquity and extravagance, and displays in the most captivating manner the charming pictures of candor, frankness, and sincerity, while it is rioting in rapine and insolence, this country will be the most miserable habitation in the world; because we have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

  Sound like what is happening today in this nation? This is why the liberals have no respect for the Constitution. And why, when they are in power, they seem to be out of control. Because they are. Those who would say that social or moral issues have no place in our political debate, fly in the face of our Founding Fathers and all that they stood for and intended for this nation to be.

 

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