When a promise or dream defines a national state of mind, a charlatan, with support of his equally fraudulent comrades, hoping to change the nation rather than lead it toward the promise and the dream will always try to define both to suit his self-interest.
What is the American promise? What is the American dream?
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. – The Declaration of Independence
Is that not the answer to both questions? The promise: all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights. The dream: Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
Politicians and their allied frauds throughout our history, and even more so in our present, have tried to redefine the promise and the dream into material terms. An education, home ownership, abundance…. It is the dream formula for failed nations.
When a man believes the dream is material and he cannot obtain the material objects that fulfill it, then he is left to conclude that the dream does not extend to him. He becomes convinced by unscrupulous and evil men that “the dream” is only obtainable by select groups. His situation is therefore unjust and can only be corrected through drastic change. A man that will ensure the loss of all his freedom and with it any real hope of achieving the materially defined dream offers him hope by promising the type of change that only he can provide. I will take and give to you what is rightly yours. I can and will deliver to you the American dream.
The problem facing a benevolent guarantor of hope is that when dreams or promises do not belong to him, he cannot take them away. In the same vein, he cannot give to you what does not originate with him… endowed by their Creator…. He can, however, take material things from one and give it another.
Our President has publicly professed that he has accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. I am not personally convinced that his walk supports his profession of faith, but only God knows his heart so that is something the two of them will settle on the appropriate day.
If we are led by a Christian man, would he not steer our nation toward following two of God’s most basic commandments? Those are the commandments that instruct us to love our neighbor as ourselves and to not covet his property. To love my neighbor as myself means simply, at least in my un-theologically trained mind, that I want the same good things for my neighbor as I want for myself. What I want for my neighbor are certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. I want him to have the freedom to make choices that will enable him to acquire the wealth and material possessions that he may desire – just as I desire for me. I do not covet his property in any form. What my neighbor acquires through the exercise of his unalienable Rights is his to do with whatever his conscience guides him to do. Taking his property and giving it to me, or anyone, because some man or government is convinced that a portion of my neighbor’s wealth rightly belongs to me or to the nation that promises to redistribute it to me, is not a Christian concept. It is also not a concept on which our nation was founded.
As I write this, around our country Americans are praying for a miracle that will return our nation to its underpinning which is very clearly expressed in the words of the Declaration of Independence … with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence… that set this nation on the path to becoming the most blessed nation known since the days of Solomon. The founding of the United States of America and the development of its Constitution led free republic is a miracle from God. It is a miracle that changed the world. It is one we are bound to preserve, because miracles are just that.
By definition, miracles must of course interrupt the usual course of Nature; but if they are real they must, in the very act of so doing, assert all the more the unity and self-consistency of total reality at some deeper level. – C.S. Lewis, Miracles
Understand the miracle that interrupted the usual course of [human] nature. Understand the promise. Understand the dream. Understand Who we should follow. Long live our blessed nation.
“I have so much faith in the general government of the world by Providence that I can hardly conceive a transaction of such momentous importance [as the framing of the Constitution] …should be suffered to pass without being in some degree influenced, guided, and governed by that omnipotent, omnipresent, and beneficent Ruler in whom all inferior spirits live and move and have their being.” – Benjamin Franklin, from The Writings of Benjamin Franklin, quoted here from A Miracle that Changed the World, The 5000 Year Leap