May 15, 2009 · 7:00 PM
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Our monthly study lesson teaches from the book THE 5000 YEAR LEAP. On the cover of the book is a beautiful sun shining behind the earth. This scene is reminiscent of an event that took place at the conclusion of the Constitutional Convention in 1787 that has applicability today: “Whilst the last members were signing it (the Constitution) Doctor Ben Franklin looking towards the Presidents Chair, at the back of which a rising sun happened to be painted, observed to a few members near him, that Painters had found it difficult to distinguish in their art a rising from a setting sun. I have, said he, often and often in the course of the Session, and the vicissitudes of my hopes and fears as to its issue, looked at that behind the President without being able to tell whether it was rising or setting. But now at length I have the happiness to know that it is a rising and not a setting Sun.” (The Records of the Federal Convention of 1787) Of course Benjamin Franklin had reference to whether or not our new nation would prove a success or failure. His observation was that it would be a rising sun – a success. The Constitution Franklin and his friends gave to us resulted in the greatest nation in history. A quick review of our history as a nation certainly supports Franklin’s observation that our nation represented a rising sun. Of recent, however, we may wonder what Ben Franklin would say if asked whether our present republic was in ascendancy or in decline?
Certainly Ben Franklin’s observation at that time was valid. However, if we could ask him what he would say today, he would probably say, “It represents a setting sun!” Why?
There are many reasons:
We have not followed the admonition of our Founding Fathers: “A people must from time to time, refresh themselves at the well-spring of their origin, lest they perish.” We have not assigned the maintaining of our Freedom a high priority. We have evicted “Providence” from our counsels, schools, courts, and assemblies.
We need to awaken the population and then educate them on the greatness of our Constitution. These monthly study lessons will help to give an understanding to the political world we are being thrust into; it can help make decisions about real life situations based on correct principles. The National Center for Constitutional Studies is doing a fine public service in educating Americans about the principles of the Constitution. These lessons are available every third Friday of the month at 7:00 p.m.
Come and join us for any of these lessons because each lesson in this outstanding book on political philosophy is precisely what America needs today.