What Would the Founding Fathers Do?

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Years ago there was a popular WWJD phenomenon that arose in American culture. What Would Jesus Do? This was the ponderance engendered by the simple, yet clever, sequence of letters. The intended result was to stimulate people to filter everything through the prism of consideration for what the reaction and response of Jesus would be to any given situation, circumstance, or challenge. For a season WWJD adorned everything from household knick-knacks to articles of clothing. Over time the WWJD fad faded away…but many vividly recall its one time prevalence.

Referencing this past occurrence creates a convenient segue to what we hope will also become a pervasive influence throughout contemporary American culture and society…that being: WWFFD. What Would the Founding Fathers Do? Such a contemplation is truly fraught with profundity and potential. It is ultra timely, as well, given the fact that we are perilously close to the proverbial “point of no return” relative to the alarming decline of our once great and inspiring nation. We have drifted so far from our historical moorings that our founding fathers would scarcely recognize what we have become!

Indeed…modern America has thoroughly rejected the sacred and inviolate truths upon which the republic was founded. The founders expressed a firm reliance upon the providence of Almighty God…whereas present political leadership has totally rejected the authority of Scripture. While none other than the great sage, Ben Franklin, reminded his contemporaries that a sparrow could not fall to the ground apart from God’s knowledge and, therefore, how could a nation come to fruition without His direction and favor…today’s leaders arrogantly presume to be able to chart their own independent, secular course of direction. In so doing they foolishly ignore the law of reaping and sowing as set forth in Galatians 5:7. Yes, God is not mocked…but instead, He is a jealous God (Exodus 39:14) who will visit wrath, judgment, and justice upon a rebellious and wicked people. Though multitudes are oblivious to this reality, modern America is under harsh judgment being meted out by the righteous and Holy God of our fathers. Deuteronomy 28 explicitly spells out the curses that will inevitably befall those who reject the law of God as set forth in Scripture.

The founding fathers…men of keen intellect and devout faith…fully recognized their solemn duties and obligations to a sovereign and merciful God. They would be utterly appalled and ashamed of what their descendants have allowed our blood-bought republic to pathetically degenerate into!

Dishonoring Their Sacrifice and Memory

The average American today is guided by the path of least resistance, the love of the world, and ultimately the love of money. The founding fathers, on the other hand, pledged their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor toward the fulfillment of their noble cause. They were men of means who were heavy laden with integrity and vision, placing greater value and importance on the future of their children and subsequent generations than their own temporal comfort, security, affluence, and well being. It is both shocking and disheartening to consider how far we have drifted from the standard of diligence and discipline they embodied. The Fifth Commandment mandates the honoring of both father and mother and links obedience to this divine imperative to longevity in this life. It is both clear and undeniable that when we thumb our noses at that which our forebears considered sacred and inviolate, we are engaged in the egregious sin of dishonoring father and mother. The premature shortening of our earthly sojourn represents a form of capital punishment for this abhorrent offense. For this compelling reason it is vital and urgent that we not be glib and cavalier regarding the subject at hand.

Our forefathers were men of honor and sobriety who possessed great vision and understanding. They were able to comprehend the needs of the present based upon an advanced working knowledge of history as well as great familiarity with the word of God. Blackstone’s Commentaries On the Laws of England (the unrivalled authoritative source pertaining to matters of legal significance in that era) was in large part a verbatim, systematic rendering of Biblical law as set forth in the Old Testament books of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.

When confronted with the massive and overwhelming body of evidence as to how far removed we now are from the convictions and policies of the founders, the modern scoffer reflexively resorts to the sloppy tactic of improper historical revisionism…typically citing questionable accounts, if not outright apocryphal claims as to the supposed irreverent, immoral, vulgar or profane conduct of various of the nation’s framers. This Gore Vidal-type nonsense and methodology fails miserably under fact based scrutiny and evaluation, but, never mind such inconvenient reality. You see…theirs is not a genuine quest for truth…no matter the cost or conclusion…but rather a feeble and pathetic effort to justify errant, self-serving suppositions. In the final analysis, willful denial of the original purpose and intent of the founding fathers is a potentially deadly exercise that will surely hasten the demise of a nation and people who have drifted perilously distant from their historical moorings and foundations.

Embracing Their Example

It is exceedingly grim to consider the extent to which we have strayed from the standards of our founding fathers. Their conduct and actions were formulated and based upon Biblical truth and authority. Subsequent generations (their posterity) have been rendered ignorant through the phenomena of apathy, ignorance, and varied processes of subversion. As a result, the wisdom, knowledge and example of these towering historical figures has been rejected and abandoned in a pervasive and widespread manner. In light of this lamentable reality, those intent upon doing that which is right must acknowledge oversight and error. We must turn back toward the courageous example of the founders and seek to emulate their behavior in the face of those present day forces of abuse and tyranny that meaningfully threaten our survival. It is toward that noble purpose and objective that the WWFFD educational effort and the Rick Tyler for Congress campaign is unrelentingly devoted.

The Happiness of a People

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“The happiness of a people, and the good order and preservation of civil government, essentially depend on piety, religion, and morality.”

Fisher Ames
(1758-1808), American statesman, orator and political writer
Source: Massachusetts Constitution Massachusetts Constitution, 1790

More Fisher Ames Quotes here.

Biography of Fisher Ames here.

The Vicious Snake

Les Fables d'Esope Phrygien, mises en Ryme Francoise. Auec la vie dudit Esope extraite de plusieurs autheurs par M. Antoine du Moulin Masconnois. A Lyon, Par Iean de Tournes, & Guillaume Gazeau. 1547.

Fable 7.
Du Rustique & de la Couleuvre.

On her way to work one morning down the path along side the lake,
A tender hearted woman saw a poor half frozen snake.
His pretty colored skin had been all frosted with the dew.
“Poor thing,” she cried, “I’ll take you in and I’ll take care of you”

“Take me in tender woman,
Take me in, for heaven’s sake,
Take me in, tender woman,” sighed the snake.

She wrapped him up all cozy in a comforter of silk,
And laid him by her fireside with some honey and some milk.
She hurried home from work that night and soon as she arrived,
She found that pretty snake she’d taken to had been revived.

“Take me in, tender woman,
Take me in, for heaven’s sake,
Take me in, tender woman,” sighed the snake.

She clutched him to her bosom, “You’re so beautiful,” she cried,
“But if I hadn’t brought you in by now you might have died.”
She stroked his pretty skin again and kissed and held him tight.
Instead of saying thanks, the snake gave her a vicious bite.

“Take me in, tender woman,
Take me in, for heaven’s sake,
Take me in, tender woman,” sighed the snake.

“I saved you,” cried the woman, “And you’ve bitten me, but why?
You know your bite is poisonous and now I’m going to die!”
“Oh shut up, silly woman,” said the reptile with a grin,
“You knew damn well I was a snake before you took me in.

“Take me in, tender woman,
Take me in, for heaven’s sake,
Take me in, tender woman,” sighed the snake.

 

 

America’s Eerie Parallels to the Downfall of Rome

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The fall of Rome

Written by Bill Federer

The fall of Rome was a culmination of several external and internal factors.

Great Wall of China
By 220 A.D., the Later Eastern Han Dynasty had extended sections of the Great Wall of China along its Mongolian border. This resulted in the Northern Huns attacking west instead of east. This caused a domino effect of tribes migrating west across Central Asia, and overrunning the Western Roman Empire.

Open borders
Illegal immigrants poured across the Roman borders: Visigoths, Ostrogoths, Franks, Anglos, Saxons, Alemanni, Thuringians, Rugians, Jutes, Picts, Burgundians, Lombards, Alans, Vandals as well as African Berbers and Arab raiders.

Will and Ariel Durant wrote in “The Story of Civilization” (Vol. 3 – Caesar and Christ, Simon & Schuster, 1944, p. 366): “If Rome had not engulfed so many men of alien blood in so brief a time, if she had passed all these newcomers through her schools instead of her slums, if she had treated them as men with a hundred potential excellences, if she had occasionally closed her gates to let assimilation catch up with infiltration, she might have gained new racial and literary vitality from the infusion, and might have remained a Roman Rome, the voice and citadel of the West.”

Loss of common language
At first immigrants assimilated and learned the Latin language. They worked as servants, with many rising to leadership. But then they came so fast they did not learn Latin, but instead created a mix of Latin with their own Germanic, Frankish and Anglo tribal tongues. The unity of the Roman Empire began to dissolve.

The welfare state
“Bread and the Circus!” Starting in 123 B.C., the immensely powerful Roman politician Gaius Gracchus began appeasing citizens with welfare, a monthly handout of a free dole (handout) of grain.

Roman poet Juvenal (circa 100 A.D.) described how Roman emperors controlled the masses by keeping them ignorant and obsessed with self-indulgence, so that they would be distracted and not throw them out of office, which they might do if they realized the true condition of the Empire: “Already long ago, from when we sold our vote to no man, the People have abdicated our duties; for the People who once upon a time handed out military command, high civil office, legions – everything, now restrains itself and anxiously hopes for just two things: bread and circuses.”

The Durants wrote in “The Lessons of History” (p. 92): “The concentration of population and poverty in great cities may compel a government to choose between enfeebling the economy with a dole or running the risk of riot and revolution.”

Welfare and government jobs exploded, as recorded in “Great Ages of Man – Barbarian Europe” (NY: Time-Life Books, 1968, p. 39), one Roman commented: “Those who live at the expense of the public funds are more numerous than those who provide them.”

Class warfare
City centers were abandoned by the upper class, who bought up farms from rural landowners and transformed them into palatial estates. The Durants wrote in “The Story of Civilization” (Vol. 3 – Caesar and Christ, Simon & Schuster, 1944, p.90): “The Roman landowner disappeared now that ownership was concentrated in a few families, and a proletariat without stake in the country filled the slums of Rome.”

Inner cities were destabilized, being also plagued with lead poisoning, as water was brought in through lead pipes. (“Plumb” or “plumbing” is the Latin word for “lead.”)

The value of human life was low. Slavery and sex-trafficking abounded, especially of captured peoples from Eastern Europe. “Slavs,” which meant “glorious,” came to have the inglorious meaning of a permanent servant or “slave.” (“Great Ages,” p. 18)

Taxes
Taxes became unbearable, as “collectors became greedy functionaries in a bureaucracy so huge and corrupt.” Tax collectors were described by the historian Salvian as “more terrible than the enemy.” (“Great Ages,” p. 20).

Arther Ferrill wrote in “The Fall of the Roman Empire: The Military Explanation” (New York: Thames and Hudson Ltd., 1986): “The chief cause of the agricultural decline was high taxation on the marginal land, driving it out of cultivation.”

There was a loss of patriotism, wealth began to flee the empire, and with it, the spirit of liberty. President William Henry Harrison warned in his inaugural address, 1841: “It was the beautiful remark of a distinguished English writer that ‘in the Roman senate Octavius had a party and Antony a party, but the Commonwealth had none’ … The spirit of liberty had fled, and, avoiding the abodes of civilized man, had sought protection in the wilds of Scythia or Scandinavia; and so under the operation of the same causes and influences it will fly from our Capitol and our forums.”

More recently, John F. Kennedy observed, Jan. 6, 1961: “Present tax laws may be stimulating in undue amounts the flow of American capital to industrial countries abroad.”

Outsourcing
Rome’s economy stagnated from a large trade deficit, as grain production was outsourced to North Africa. Gerald Simons wrote in “Great Ages of Man – Barbarian Europe” (NY: Time-Life Books, 1968, p. 39): “As conquerors of North Africa, the Vandals cut off the Empire’s grain supply at will. This created critical food shortages, which in turn curtailed Roman counterattacks.”

Debt preceded fall
Emperor Diocletian imposed wage and price controls and forbade people from changing professions. Choking taxes and personal debt caused many to abandon their mortgaged property and flee as ex-pats to live amongst the barbarians, renouncing their Roman citizenship. Diocletian responded by making it illegal to abandon one’s mortgaged property, thus permanently tying people to the land in what became the “feudal system” in the Middle Ages.

Enormous public debt and government bureaucracy crippled Rome’s economy. The Durants wrote in “The Lessons of History” (p. 92): “Huge bureaucratic machinery was unable to govern the empire effectively with the enormous, out-of-control debt.”

In “Great Ages of Man – Barbarian Europe” (NY: Time-Life Books, 1968, p. 20), Gerald Simons wrote: “The Western Roman economy, already undermined by falling production of the great Roman estates and an unfavorable balance of trade that siphoned off gold to the East, had now run out of money.”

Self-promoting and corrupt politicians
The Durants wrote in “The Lessons of History” (p. 92): “The educated and skilled pursued business and financial success to the neglect of their involvement in politics.”

Richard A. Todd wrote in “The Fall of the Roman Empire” (Eerdmans’ “Handbook to the History of Christianity,” Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Co., 1977, p. 184): “The church, while preaching against abuses, contributed to the decline by discouraging good Christians from holding public office.”

Violent entertainment
The Circus Maximus and Coliseum were packed with crowds of Romans engrossed with violent entertainment, games, chariot races, and until 404 A.D., gladiators fighting to the death.

Gerald Simons wrote in “Great Ages of Man – Barbarian Europe” (NY: Time-Life Books, 1968, p. 20): “In the causal brutality of its public spectacles, in a rampant immorality that even Christianity could not check.”

Exposure of unwanted infants
Roman demographics changed as families had fewer children. Some would sell unwanted children into slavery or leave them outside exposed to the weather to die, as was the practice till 374 A.D.

The Durants wrote in “The Story of Civilization,” Vol. 3 – Caesar and Christ (Simon & Schuster, 1944, p. 134): “Children were now luxuries which only the poor could afford.”

Immorality
Rome was corrupted with court favoritism, the patronage system, injustice in the legal system, infidelity, perverted bathhouses, sexual immorality, gluttony and gymnasiums (“gym” being the Greek word for “naked”).

Fifth century historian Salvian wrote: “For all the lurid Roman tales of their atrocities … the barbarians displayed … a good deal more fidelity to their wives.” (“Great Ages,” p. 13.)

Salvian continued: “O Roman people be ashamed; be ashamed of your lives. Almost no cities are free of evil dens, are altogether free of impurities, except the cities in which the barbarians have begun to live. … Let nobody think otherwise, the vices of our bad lives have alone conquered us. … The Goths lie, but are chaste, the Franks lie, but are generous, the Saxons are savage in cruelty … but are admirable in chastity. … What hope can there be for the Romans when the barbarians are more pure than they?”

Samuel Adams wrote to John Scollay of Boston, April 30, 1776: “The diminution of public virtue is usually attended with that of public happiness, and the public liberty will not long survive the total extinction of morals. ‘The Roman Empire,’ says the historian, ‘must have sunk, though the Goths had not invaded it. Why? Because the Roman virtue was sunk.’”

Military cuts
Though militarily superior and marching on advanced road systems, the highly-trained Roman legions were strained fighting conflicts from the Rhine River to the Sassanid Persian Empire. Roman borders were over-extended and the military defending them was cut back to dangerously low ranks.

The Durants wrote in “The Story of Civilization” (Vol. 3 – Caesar and Christ, Simon & Schuster, 1944, p.90): “The new generation, having inherited world mastery, had no time or inclination to defend it; that readiness for war which had characterized the Roman landowner disappeared.”

Terrorist attacks
Called the “Scourge of God,” Attila the Hun was thought to be the anti-Christ, as he devastated Europe with his half-million warriors.

Aquileia, one of the largest cities in the world at the time, was so completely destroyed that inhabitants ran into the ocean, hammered down logs and lived on platforms which grew into the city of Venice.

Ste. Genevieve called Paris to pray in 451 A.D., and for some reason Attila turned aside, sparing the city.

Pope Leo rode out to meet Attila in 452 A.D. and persuaded him not to sack Rome, delaying the city’s fall 24 more years.

Finally the barbarian Chieftain Odoacer attacked. Rome is considered to have officially fallen on Sept. 4, 476 A.D.

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They Paid the Price

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THEY PAID THE PRICE

by Paul Harvey, News and Commentary

July 4, 1974

Americans, you know the 56 men who signed our Declaration of Independence that first 4 of July–you know they were risking everything, don’t you?–’cause if they won their war with the British, there’d be years of hardship and a struggling nation. If they lost they’d face a hangman’s noose. And yet there where it says, “We herewith pledge, our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor,” they did sign. But did you know that they paid the price?

When Carter Braxton of Virginia, signed the Declaration of Independence, he was a wealthy planter and trader; but thereafter he saw his ships swept from the seas and to pay his debts, he lost his home and all of his property and he died in rags.

Thomas Lynch, Jr., who signed that pledge, was a third generation rice grower and aristocrat–a large plantation owner–but after he signed his health failed. With his wife he set out for France to regain his failing health. Their ship never got to France; he was never heard from again.

Thomas McKean of Delaware was so harassed by the enemy that he was forced to move his family five times in five months. He served in Congress without pay, his family in poverty and in hiding.

Vandals looted the properties of Ellery and Clymer and Hall and Gwinett and Walton and Heyward and Rutledge and Middleton. And Thomas Nelson, Jr. of Virginia raised two million dollars on his own signature to provision our allies, the French fleet. After the War, personally he paid back the loans, wiped out his entire estate; he was never reimbursed by his government. And in the final battle for Yorktown, he, Nelson, urged General Washington to fire on his, Nelson’s own home, then occupied by Cornwallis. And he died bankrupt. Thomas Nelson, Jr. had pledged his life, his fortune, and his sacred honor.

The Hessians seized the home of Francis Hopkinson of New Jersey. Francis Lewis had his home and everything destroyed, his wife imprisoned–she died within a few months. Richard Stockton, who signed the Declaration of Independence, pledging his life and his fortune, was captured and mistreated, and his health broken to the extent that he died at 51. And his estate was pillaged.

Thomas Heyward, Jr. was captured when Charleston fell. John Hart was driven from his wife’s bedside while she was dying; their thirteen children fled in all directions for their lives. His fields and gristmill were laid waste. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves and returned home after the War to find his wife dead, his children gone, his properties gone. He died a few weeks later of exhaustion and a broken heart.

Lewis Morris saw his land destroyed, his family scattered. Philip Livingston died within a few months of hardships of the War.

John Hancock, history remembers best, due to a quirk of fate–that great sweeping signature attesting to his vanity, towers over the others–one of the wealthiest men in New England, he stood outside Boston one terrible night of the War and said, “Burn Boston, ‘though it makes John Hancock a beggar, if the public good requires it.” He, too, lived up to the pledge.

Of the 56 signers of the Declaration, few were long to survive, 5 were captured by the British and tortured before they died, 12 had their homes–from Rhode Island to Charleston–sacked and looted, occupied by the enemy or burned. Two of them lost their sons in the Army; one had two sons captured. Nine of the 56 died in the War from its hardships or from its more merciful bullets. I don’t know what impression you’d had of these men who met that hot summer in Philadelphia, but I think it’s important this July 4, that we remember this about them: they were not poor men, they were not wild-eyed pirates; these were men of means, these were rich men, most of them, who enjoyed much ease and luxury in personal living. Not hungry men, prosperous men, wealthy land owners, substantially secure in their prosperity. But they considered liberty–this is as much I shall say of it–they had learned that liberty is so much more important than security, that they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor. And they fulfilled their pledge–they paid the price, and freedom was born.

Paul Harvey, good day.

“That Old Deluder, Satan” Act of 1647

Text of the Massachusetts General School Law of 1647:

It being one chief project of that old deluder, Satan, to keep men from the knowledge of the Scriptures, as in former times by keeping them in an auction-hornbookunknown tongue, so in these latter times by persuading from the use of tongues, that so that at least the true sense and meaning of the original might be clouded and corrupted with love and false glosses of saint-seeming deceivers; and to the end that learning may not be buried in the grave of our forefathers, in church and commonwealth, the Lord assisting our endeavors.

It is therefore ordered that every township in this jurisdiction, after the Lord hath increased them to fifty households shall forthwith appoint one within their town to teach all such children as shall resort to him to write and read, whose wages shall be paid either by the parents or masters of such children, or by the inhabitants in general, by way of supply, as the major part of those that order the prudentials of the town shall appoint; provided those that send their children be not oppressed by paying much more than they can have them taught for in other towns.

educationAnd it is further ordered, that when any town shall increase to the number of one hundred families or householders, they shall set up a grammar school, the master thereof being able to instruct youth so far as they may be fitted for the university, provided that if any town neglect the performance hereof above one year that every such town shall pay 5 pounds to the next school till they shall perform this order.

(Source: Wikipedia)