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Foundational Silver Lining

Since the conventions for both the Republicans and the Democrats, I have taken a real step back and have tried to contemplate, reflect and consider the situation that my country is in. Before the conventions, when the nominees were simply presumptive, I left both official parties and registered Libertarian simply because the principles of the DNC and the RNC don’t line up with my personal beliefs anymore. Their policy decisions are too similar; their ideas and proposals have very little, if any, differences. Neither party upholds the constitution and the principles of our country’s founding.

The Founding Fathers warned us about partisanship. John Adams said: There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.

Even George Washington agreed, saying in his farewell address: The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries, which result, gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of Public Liberty

<p>Without looking forward to an extremity of this kind, (which nevertheless ought not to be entirely out of sight,) the common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it.

<p>It serves always to distract the Public Councils, and enfeeble the Public Administration. It agitates the Community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms; kindles the animosity of one part against another, foments occasionally riot and insurrection. It opens the door to foreign influence and corruption, which find a facilitated access to the government itself through the channels of party passions. Thus the policy and the will of one country are subjected to the policy and will of another.

There is an opinion, that parties in free countries are useful checks upon the administration of the Government, and serve to keep alive the spirit of Liberty. This within certain limits is probably true; and in Governments of a Monarchical cast, Patriotism may look with indulgence, if not with favor, upon the spirit of party. But in those of the popular character, in Governments purely elective, it is a spirit not to be encouraged. From their natural tendency, it is certain there will always be enough of that spirit for every salutary purpose. And, there being constant danger of excess, the effort ought to be, by force of public opinion, to mitigate and assuage it. A fire not to be quenched, it demands a uniform vigilance to prevent its bursting into a flame, lest, instead of warming, it should consume.

I have seen many people who seemed principled and educated about the best way to govern this country turn into the most unprincipled shills for a party that just weeks before they railed on and rightly so. So many good people, patriots, conservatives even, have taken their principles and twisted and turned them into a pretzel out of fear, ignorance or simple political expediency. I feel grieved for these compatriots. I’m saddened for these once great men and women of America.

I have been on the record in many ways and at many different times, that regardless of who is elected in November, America is in trouble; trouble we know or trouble we don’t know. I cannot predict what happens either way, but judging the history and fruit of the lives we’ve been given to vote for, it won’t be results based on constitutional principles or a Judeo-Christian, biblical worldview. There is however, a small and faintly glistening silver lining in all of this.

You who have held to principles, you who have stood on the solid footing of the constitution and refused to step off in the slightest have already discovered the truth that I’m about to share. What you have discovered and have known and now know for all future purposes is that the principles of the bible and the constitution are going NO WHERE. They will be here long after America and most of us are gone. No amount of fundamental transformation will EVER be able to rid mankind of the eternal truths of God’s Word and the truths that influenced the founding of our nation. Teach them to your children and your grandchildren. Learn and solidify them for yourself, that you might be able to teach others. Fight the urge to compromise and give in to the unprincipled parties, politicians, people, and personalities that will contribute to the destruction of the only force for freedom that mankind has ever known.

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

Written by Trey Roberts

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