New Orleans Ron Paul for President 2012 Message Board › The Imperative of Virtue (1)
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“I am having a thought here, Barbarossa!” Famous words from the Pirates of the Caribbean. Me? Thoughts? Scary, dangerous, but yes! So, what have I been thinking about? I am glad you asked. I have been wondering of late why it seems a convergence of evil forces have raised their head so quickly, openly and forcefully in our society. I have been wondering what, if anything, all these groups have in common? Is there any one thing which is could explain our situation today, something that could also be used to destroy these forces. What does Socialism, Marxism, Communism, Welfarism, Statism, Islam and Issue-ism have in common? Anything? I believe there is and the founders had the answer. The answer is virtue!
I have come to the conclusion that the real national battle is not against Marxism, Communism, Welfarism, Statism, Islam or even Issue-ism per se. What is issue-ism you might ask? Issue-ism is the belief that if we simply change this or that law and incorporate this or that law then we will be able to restore America to the Constitutional Republic she ought to be. For example, it seems to me that many believe that if we just defeat Obama-care we will have restored our nation. I have personally been told by some that this is the only issue we ought to focus on. The U.N., Agenda 21 and the Fed are other issues which, if destroyed, many seem to be believe is the panacea to restore America. Each issue is very important and yet, the demise of each will not necessarily restore the Republic because they are symptoms. Issue-ism is focusing on the symptoms rather than on the cause of the problem and merely removing a symptom will not restore our America. We must focus on the cause(s).
The real national battle is about virtue because it is the lack of virtue which also explains why each of these evils have become so popular. Don’t get me wrong! I do believe we need to know the basics of each of these evils in order to combat them and educate the populace. Now, there are many people who have devoted their lives to this issue and I thankful to and for them. We need to keep abreast of the information they provide and be ready to be activists when called upon to stop this invading horde. Nevertheless, let us say that we defeat the Islamic menace. Will that restore our Constitutional Republic? For that matter, will destroying Communism, Marxism, Welfarism or Statism in addition to Islam restore our Constitutional Republic?
No! The cause of the symptom will still exist even if it is merely lying dormant, just waiting for the right time to reassert itself. The only way to destroy these evils is to snuff out the oxygen which gives to them life as oxygen does a fire. The oxygen which gives life to either these evils or our Constitutional Republic is a theological issue. This is a spiritual conflict! The founders made this very clear. The Constitution and the Declaration are inseparably linked.
The Declaration is the declaration of our new sovereignty and the Constitution is the structure of this new sovereignty.
The Declaration is the Charter and the Constitution is the by-laws!
The committee who designed the Declaration designed within the Charter that America, therefore, the Constitution, is founded upon a particular form of epistemology. So many people have expended hundreds of gallons of ink as well as millions of man-hours proving that the Founders’ epistemology is Deistic and secular. It can’t be done! Why?
The phrase “laws of nature and nature’s God” historically stretches back hundreds of years from Jefferson’s pen to the writings of Locke, Blackstone, Coke, Aquinas and the Apostle Paul. The phrase “laws of nature” refers to the natural law (Law of the heart) which God placed into mankind. The “laws of…nature’s God” refers to the Scripture. The two are different sides of the same coin. These two phrases cannot be traced back to the Romans or the Greeks! The Declaration committee made sure that the Bible would legally be a part of the American system. This explains the Secularist’s unyielding, undying, inexhaustible obsession to rewrite history, invent meanings that did not at the time exist and put words, ideas and thoughts into the Founders’ mouths impossible for them to have at the time.
The term “self-evident” is a term which believers have used since about the Eight Century and became prominent around the Twelveth century in theological discussions. In actually, the term is found in Romans 2 of the Bible. Self-evident refers to knowledge (first principles) which are self-evidently known because God has placed this information in our hearts to guide us. Natural Law. The term is never used by the Greeks, Romans, Epicureans or Stoics. The term for law the Stoics used when they did mention this phrase was not the term they used normally for self-evident.
The Declaration mentions Creator and Supreme Judge throughout. I had an individual who responded to a post I made on my website who claimed that, actually, the term God could refer to any deity. What a fool! He either has never read the beliefs of those who made up the Declaration committee or read them and dismissed them. What Creator could Jefferson even think of at the time? What God did Adams believe in? Or Franklin? Fools. The Declaration’s Creator is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob who is the Father of our Lord Jesus! The Greeks and Romans did not have a deity who actually created as understood by the vast majority of the founders. The pagan world extending from Jefferson back to and past the Romans to the Classical Greeks believed in a childish form of evolution. The founders did not!
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