Treasure in the field
"...like a treasure hidden in a field"
Every political idea, every piece of legislation, and every tax dollar should square with America's Founding Principle: "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." For here we find the strong foundation for our "Common Good"... our Balm of Gilead... our abiding Hope and Promise. "Let Freedom Ring!"
And yet, as C.S. Lewis prophesied, we remove the essential organ and insanely scream ever louder... demanding the function. Today, very few young people know America's Founding Standard... or that we even have one! How strange that we live in the one country founded upon the idea that there is a corrective Power above all human power. Our Founding Declaration states and requires a prerequisite Source... for Life... for Liberty... for the opportunity to pursue enduring Happiness. Let us be clear; ALL of America's Founders recognized this "self-evident truth" even if some did not fully follow its requirements.
Our Founding Principles have so long brought wondrous illumination... human dignity... and formerly unknown prosperity... even around the world. So, why would we let any entity marginalize, even extinguish, this great light? Why would we sever the branch upon which we all are standing? Why would we remove such life-inspiring ideas and then act so dumbfounded when bad things subsequently happen? These are questions that demand answers!
Ever since the day the Declaration of Independence was penned... a host of known and unknown patriots have believed... and risen! Many call to us now... perhaps we should listen: John and Abigail Adams, Phillis Wheatley, Mercy Otis Warren, Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, Susan B. Anthony, George Washington Carver, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Ronald Reagan, Clarence Thomas, a woman in an Iranian prison, and a homeless man I met yesterday.
If we desire for the waves of horrific violence (including the nonstop carnage in our inner cities) to come to a decisive end, we must allow access to the antidote for the virulent poison of hatred. If we desire our young people to seize classic virtues instead of more video games... they need an abiding inspiration. If our young people are to reach towards our greatest dreams for them instead of falling into realms of meaninglessness... depravity... drug abuse... even suicide, we must reclaim, restore and shout from the rooftops our life-affirming Founding Truth!
We can no longer remove the organ and expect the function. Americans must again seize the Declaration's Transcendent Treasure... as well as its "Source" for Life and Liberty: "Their Creator." Friends, there is... there MUST be... a First Cause greater than human power. Otherwise, what is called "right" can only be the expression of might. The Declaration is the enduring protector of the weak, the marginalized, the persecuted... even the hopeless. The Truth of the Declaration shouts to the heart of the young slave of the Sudan, "You have been Created equal!"
Today, there is a young man sitting in an American classroom. He is confused... isolated... angry... forgotten. What if he were to encounter the ideas of the parchment declaring that he is specially Created... made equal to everyone else? What if he were to realize that no human being can ever take away his most precious gifts of Life, Liberty, and the opportunity to reach for his greatest dreams... to drink from the cup of Happiness?
Friends, ideas have consequences. Why have we abandoned, even made out-of-bounds, our nation's very Best? The original Declaration is presently hanging in our National Archives Museum in Washington... and the parchment is very well protected. But tragically, the ideas contained upon it are largely unknown... especially to the hearts and minds of our nation's youngest citizens. Now is the time to reclaim these sacred ideas... restore the principles that have brought so much Good.
Rather than forcing everyone to constantly "walk on eggshells" due to the blatant intolerance of a super-minority of antagonists and their lawyers, will we rise for America's Founding Creed and her Founding Principles? To be sure, America’s schoolchildren are depending on us! Do these Americans still have the unalienable Rights endowed to them by their Creator... or not? If they do, it is vital that they know this!
What kind of people allow their hard-earned tax-dollars to be usurped to fund 13 years of soul-numbing tyranny over the minds of our youngest citizens? Rather than whitewashing our Founding Principles from coming generations, these still "self-evident truths" can again usher in a cornucopia of Blessings! Friends, Victory is still nigh: http://chng.it/b4mk9YyTY8