"I went to Jerusalem to become acquainted (Gk. istoria) with Cephas" - Paul's words from Galatians 1:18.

In God We Trust, Not the Government

The Founding Fathers of the United States of America universally rejected democracy and hoped that future generations would never turn the United States into one. The word "Republic" was intentionally chosen to describe the United States:

"I pledge allegiance to the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands..."

The United States was to be ruled by Natural Law. The Founding Fathers feared democracy because of a "share the wealth" mob mentality that eventually becomes the downfall of all democracies through anarchy. Those who "have not" will eventually elect politicians who promise them the most from the public treasury, and when the treasure goes broke, will forcibly take from others.

The wealthy are first forced to give "their fair share" (i.e. "taxed") in order give "something for nothing" to the receivers. Soon, a spirit of entitlement permeates the culture, and the public treasury will goes bankrupt attempting to fulfill the promises of elected politicians. That's the time when a Republic will fall. The Founding Fathers knew that a democracy could not exist as a permanent form of government. They feared it.

Alexander Fraser Tytler wrote more than two centuries ago the reasons democracies fail:
"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until voters discover that they can vote themselves largess from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship."
James Madison, a Founding Father, wrote just as eloquently in the Federalist Papers, No. 10:
“Hence it is that democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and in general have been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths … A republic, by which I mean a government in which a scheme of representation takes place, opens a different prospect and promises the cure for which we are seeking.”
Our country seems to be transforming from a Republic ruled by Law in its early days to a democracy ruled by a mob mentality in these latter days. It's possibly too late to hit the reset button. However, but in the end, failed governments are not necessarily a bad thing. "In God we trust" and not in our government.

9 comments:

Dave Panzera said...

The founders were convinced in the republican form of government over all others precisely for what you point out here Wade…but, it came with a stern warning as well that it would take Christian morality to keep it.

Noah Webster:
“The religion which has introduced civil liberty is the religion of Christ and His Apostles....This is genuine Christianity and to this we owe our free constitutions of government.”
(Noah Webster, History of the United States, 1832, public school textbook.)


Thomas Jefferson:
“The practice of morality being necessary for the well being of society, He [God] has taken care to impress its precepts so indelibly on our hearts that they shall not be effaced by the subtleties of our brain. We all agree in the obligation of the moral precepts of Jesus and nowhere will they be found delivered in greater purity than in his discourses.”
[The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, Albert Ellery Bergh, editor(Washington D.C.: The Jefferson Memorial Association, 1904) Vol. XII, p.315 Letter to James Fishback, Sept. 27, 1809


John Jay
[It is] the duty of all wise, free, and virtuous governments to countenance and encourage virtue and religion. (Speeches of the Governors of new York, p.66, Governor John Jay on Nov 4, 1800)

John Adams
“Twenty times in the course of my late reading have I been on the point of breaking out, ‘this would be the best of all possible worlds, if there were no religion in it!!! But, in this exclamation I would have been as fanatical as Bryant or Cleverly. Without religion this world would be something not fit to be mentioned in polite company, I mean hell.” John Adams, Papers, Vol. VI. p. 348 to James Warren on Aug 4, 1778
[W]e have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. . . . Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.
(Source: John Adams, The Works of John Adams, Second President of the United States, Charles Francis Adams, editor (Boston: Little, Brown, and Co. 1854), Vol. IX, p. 229, Oct 11, 1798.)


Alexander Hamilton
The attempt by the rulers of a nation [ France ] to destroy all religious opinion and to pervert a whole people to atheism is a phenomenon of profligacy [ act of moral depravity] …[T]o establish atheism on the ruins of Christianity [is] to deprive mankind of its best consolations and most animating hopes and to make a gloomy desert of the universe.
(Hamilton, Papers, Vol. XXI, pp. 402-404, “The Stand No. III,” New York, Apr 7, 1798)
Joseph Story
One of the beautiful boasts of our municipal Jurisprudence is that Christianity is a part of the Common Law…There has never been a period in which the Common Law did not recognize Christianity as laying at its foundations…I verily believe Christianity necessary to the support of a civil society
(Joseph Story, Life and Letters of Joseph Story, William W. Story, editor(Boston: Charles C. Little and James Brown, 1851), Vol. II, pp. 8, 92)

George Washington:
Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of man and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connexions with private and public felicity. Let it simply be asked, Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths, which are the instruments of investigation in Courts of Justice? And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion…”
(Source: George Washington, Address of George Washington, President of the United States . . . Preparatory to His Declination (Baltimore: George and Henry S. Keatinge), pp. 22-23. In his Farewell Address to the United States in 1796.)

Rex Ray said...

Wade,

Yes, if ‘democracy’ can’t get enough from the rich, it will borrow from China.

The reason for the constitution is to protect us from our government.

Have you heard of ‘politics world betting online’? It is supposed to be more accurate that polls.

I don’t understand it, but TV explained there are unusual odds right now. If you bet the same money on Hillary and Trump, regardless who won you’d win money.

Between you and me, if Hillary wins, Canada would need a ‘wall’ to keep people like me OUT. :)

Wade Burleson said...

Dave and Rex,

Excellent points indeed.

Ramesh said...

A different view.

The Truth About the Conservative Mind: Why Reactionaries from Edmund Burke to Sarah Palin Have Fought Real Liberty [Corey Robin] | Alternet

Notes on a Dismal and Delightful Campaign [Corey Robin]
“If Donald Trump wins the Republican nomination and then the general election in November, it will be a victory for the GOP—and a defeat for conservatism. Not because Trump is not a conservative but precisely because he is.”

One thing that is clear in my mind is when the above distinctions of republic and democracy were being thought through, the greatest wealth and property of this country was in its slaves. Now they have come up with a much better racket than slavery that is wage slavery. Now the elites do not have to take care of slaves.

BTW Hillary Clinton is an endless shape shifter who happens to be a Goldwater girl and proud of it. And is for endless wars and militarism. No wonder all the neo-cons are flocking to her.

No worry. A very good chance that Herr Trump will take the reins soon.

Ramesh said...

Depending on your perspective ...

LIFE IN PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP’S AMERICA | Intercept

Wade Burleson said...

Ramesh,

The problems with Mr. Trump are multiple - like the problems with about every candidate - but as you know, the point is too many people in America place their hope in politics and political leaders. The government and state will end someday - only God abides.

Bobby Brown said...

Wade can you tell me where to find your blog about repentance and salvation? I think it was something like Repentance is not a qualification for salvation?

Rex Ray said...

Wade,

Until our government ends and God abides, the government will improve, kept the same, or ruin our country.

Our government is no different from Israel’s kings that influenced the people. “…Jeroboam sinned and made Israel sin along with him.” (1 Kings 14:16 NLT)

In my lifetime, I’ve seen the morals of America decline to the point that homosexuals are made to be accepted in the military and babies have been aborted and their organs sold.

There’s a possibility our next president could carry out her duties from jail.

Anonymous said...

God forbid a homosexual serve and protect our country Rex Ray.