John F. Kennedy stated in his inaugural address in 1961: The rights of man come not from the generosity of the State, but from the hand of God.” Virtually every Democratic Presidential aspirant disagrees with the former president as evidenced in the recent so-called debates. They all espouse larger government issuing more handouts in the world of health care, education, and illegal immigrants. Not one candidate, to our knowledge, has mentioned one sentence concerning God being the source of human rights, leaving us to assume that their position is…”the government giveth and the government taketh away, blessed be the name of the government.”
It has not always been that way. President Calvin Coolidge stated in 1924: “It seems perfectly plain that the right to equality has for its foundation reverence for God. If we could imagine that swept away, our American government could not long survive.” President Harry S. Truman articulated it this way: “The fundamental basis of this nation’s laws was given to Moses on the Mount. If we don’t have a proper fundamental moral background, we will end up with a totalitarian government which does not believe in rights for anybody except the State!”
President Ronald Reagan summed it up as only he could on august 23, 1984: “Without God there is a coarsening of the society; without God democracy will not and cannot long endure…if we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.” Replacing God with government necessitates a large eraser to wipe clean any memory or mention of the past national reliance upon the True Giver of Rights. What better tool could accomplish this than the educational system? Four out of five seniors from the top fifty-five colleges and universities received a grade of “D” or “F” in their knowledge of American History, according to a survey by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni. Schools are systematically removing the teaching of our founders from our nation’s classrooms. Students can graduate from the top 100 schools of higher learning in America without being required to take even a single course on U.S. History!
The thought police in American schools and rotten history textbooks are as great a threat to our future prosperity and freedoms as are Al Qaeda terrorists. According to David McCullough, Pulitzer Prize winning presidential biographer, “Something’s eating away at the national memory, and a nation or a community or a society can suffer as much from the adverse effects of amnesia as can an individual. History is a story, cause and effect. And, if you’re going to teach just segments of history ---women’s issues (for example) – these youngsters have almost no sense of cause and effect. They have no sense of what followed what and why, that everything has antecedents and everything has consequences. And they begin to think that’s true of life too.”
Our nation is presently perched on very thin ice because we have allowed an alien worldview to slither in and dominate the minds of the last two generations. When the philosophy of history now being taught in America’s schools was brought to Germany and Russia, they fell to totalitarian Fascism and Communism. The roots of the secularist view of history being taught today are found in the thinking of the German atheist philosopher Hegel, who influenced Marx and Hitler. Hegel did not believe in the existence of God and thought the closest anyone could come to attaining eternal life was to create a government that would exist after his death. Of course, he never could provide a rational explanation for that concept of eternity, but that’s typical of leftist “logic”.
Following this worldview to its conclusion, citizens exist for the government’s benefit. The average American receives a candy-coated version of this “Big” government argument couched in democratic terminology. “Health care is a human right” sounds wonderful to the uneducated, but without a faith in the Creator, government the “provider” changes from being our servant to our master. Our forefathers knew the role of government was to protect our rights, not provide them. As Thomas Jefferson said, “Every man is born a petty tyrant. We must bind them down with the chains of the Constitution.”
Bernie Sanders and friends would impose upon us a single-payer, government controlled healthcare system that eliminates all private insurance. They have boldly declared that this is their agenda and goal. President Woodrow Wilson, a former history professor and a bit of a progressive in his own right cautioned: “The history of liberty is a history of the limitation of governmental power, not the increase of it. When we resist concentration of power, we are resisting the processes of death, because concentration of power is what always precedes the destruction of human liberties.”
Beware of any tyrant who would create a vacuum of historical ignorance and fill it with socialism. Jedidiah Morse, one of our founders, said: “To the kindly influence of Christianity we owe that degree of civil freedom, and political and social happiness, which mankind now enjoys…whenever the pillars of Christianity shall be overthrown, our present republican forms of government --- and all the blessings which flow from them ---- must fall with them.”