Happy 4th of July to All
I was reminded today of a quote by our 20th President, James A. Garfield, who said in 1877,
“The people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave, and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature.”
The reminder came while I was watching one of the greatest sermons ever given regarding our liberty, freedom, and our slide into socialism. The sermon, Turning the Tide, was by a truly gifted man of God, Dr. Charles Stanley, of In Touch Ministries of Atlanta, Georgia.
This quotation was by a President, that most Americans do not even remember or have never heard of, should cause us to engage in serious introspection. We often comment when we hear of a Senator having an extramarital affair or worse, “those in Washington have no morals”. Or when we hear of the President bribing congressmen and women to get their vote; or when we hear of campaign contribution corruption; or when we hear of a congressman being caught with $90,000 in cash in his freezer; or, or or… We need to stop, look in the mirror and ask ourselves, “How did these people get elected”? The answer is obvious, “We elected them”. You can take the high road and say that you did not vote for a particular individual but that is an excuse and not a reason for not being engaged to the point where we stop sending the same kinds of people to Washington, to our state capitals, to our County Seats, and to our local town/city council and school boards.
The gift given to us by our founding fathers was Freedom and Liberty based on their own Judeo-Christian beliefs. They knew that if we could hold true to those beliefs that our future would be secure. They hoped that we would not let the government take over our lives and replace liberty with tyranny. James Garfield also said:
“Whoever controls the volume of money in any country is absolute master of all industry and commerce.”
Our government is on the march to nationalize our economy and thus centralize the very sources of our freedom into the government itself. The Founding Fathers vested Freedom and Liberty in the people, not the government. We have allowed our government to create one financial crisis after another, blame everyone else, and then charge in to rescue us with further tyranny.
This is July 4th, 2010. Do we still have the will to take back our heritage, our legacy, our freedoms and our liberties? Or, will we abide “ignorant, reckless, and corrupt” politicians to rule us and ruin this nation? It is our choice.