Renew America

My dear wife Cathy sent me this website (http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/kimball) this week which I must say is full of really good and interesting articles. I’ve only begun to read them due to the fact there are so many. The author’s name is Linda Kimball. Anyway, I wanted to post this exerpt from one of her articles entitled “When evil has destroyed the foundations, what are the righteous to do?” because of the excellent quotes from James Madison and John Adams. Hopefully this will whet your appetite for further reading!

America: A Constitutional Republic, not a Democracy

America was founded as a Constitutional Republic. A Republic by definition has two principle elements. First, it is controlled by Law which transcends mankind, hence neither man nor Republic control Law.

Second, it recognizes the private, sovereign nature of each man, which means that the transcendent Creator Who gave us Law gave us life and liberty at the same time. Life and liberty are inseparable. All men, regardless of creed, color, and sex are human beings made in the spiritual image of the transcendent Creator, hence each person is endowed with an individual immortal soul and a mind endowed with reason, conscience, will, imagination, and memory. This means that all men, while not physical or mental equals or equal in gifts and talents, are however, spiritual equals in the eyes of their Creator, and since by their nature men are both free and individual thinkers and choosers, they are therefore endowed with the capacity to be self-governing when they mature both morally and intellectually.

By extension, America’s founding documents are spiritual documents. For it is our spiritual property that is unalienable and precedes material property. Unalienable means: not from man but from the transcendent Creator:

“The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence. If “Thou shalt not covet” and “Thou shalt not steal” were not commandments of Heaven, they must be made inviolable precepts in every society before it can be civilized or made free.” John Adams, A Defense of the American Constitutions, 1787 (source: The Patriot Post, http://patriotpost.us/)

“[D]emocracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security, or the rights of property; and have, in general, been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths.” — James Madison, Federalist No. 10, 1787 (quote source: http://patriotpost.us/)

Those individuals possessed of the greatest will to power will quickly seize control of a democracy after which it is assuredly doomed to collapse of its’ own corrupt weight. In the words of John Adams:

“[D]emocracy will soon degenerate into an anarchy, such an anarchy that every man will do what is right in his own eyes and no man’s life or property or reputation or liberty will be secure, and every one of these will soon mould itself into a system of subordination of all the moral virtues and intellectual abilities, all the powers of wealth, beauty, wit and science, to the wanton pleasures, the capricious will, and the execrable cruelty of one or a very few.” John Adams, An Essay on Man’s Lust for Power, 1763 (ibid)

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