In The Rights of the Colonists (1772) Samuel Adams addressed the problem of religion contaminated by murdering totalitarianism: “In regard to religion, mutual toleration in the different professions thereof is what all good and candid minds in all ages have ever practised, and, both by precept and example, inculcated on mankind.”
And in a letter to James Warren in October 1780 he was adamant about: “If ever the time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin.”
Finally, and most importantly: “The Constitution shall never be construed … to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.”
You don’t hear much about how the Left and the DemoMarxists have turned America’s moral compass on its head. But the sad truth and reality is that over the past umpteen years, liberal progressive socialists have been tearing down a righteous nation from the inside out, constantly chipping away at “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”, effectively attempting to make We the People more subservient and dependent upon the state. Pitiful.
The American Declaration of Independence is an unexcelled expression of universal moral truth, and as Thomas Jefferson said, it is “An expression of the American mind.” Most American Christians would accept the Declaration (and the Pledge of Allegiance for that matter) in lieu of the Bible as our shared National standard of moral value and Natural Law, hopefully joined by most (non radical) Atheists.
Public display of the 10 Commandments does not establish Jewish or Christian religion, as We the people are quite free to lobby local, State or Federal governments to display moral precepts from other freedom-promoting texts, as long as those precepts do not violate the universal moral values of life, liberty and creative pursuit of happiness. By the same token that exercise would not establish the other religions (or Atheism) in the United States.
So what we have going on, in effect, right now is an attempted takeover coup from the liberal progressive DemoMarxist elitists led, it would appear to be, by the same cadre of sullen miscreants who got tossed aside in the election of 2016. And the Constitution be damned.
Andrew Klavan from his piece this week in PJ Media and The Daily Wire titled “The Left is Reaping the Whirlwind of the Culture they Made”…
“For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind.” Hosea 7:8
It was after a school shooting near Spokane last September that Spokane Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich addressed a clutch of reporters:
When I was in high school, every one of those rigs in the high school parking lot had a gun in the gun rack. Why? We went hunting on the way home. None of those guns ever walked into a school, none of those guns ever shot anybody… Did the gun change or did you as a society change? I’ll give you odds it was you as a society. Because you started glorifying cultures of violence. You glorified the gang culture, you glorified games that actually gave you points for raping and killing people. The gun didn’t change, we changed.
It seems clear to me the sheriff was speaking about rap music with its hateful, violent and misogynistic lyrics, and video games like Grand Theft Auto, where you can have sex with a prostitute then strangle her or pull an innocent person out of a car, beat him, then steal his vehicle.
I am a First Amendment purist and don’t want to see expression censored in any way. And I don’t argue that there’s a straight line between any specific cultural creation and bad acts. But surely, a culture in which those in authority approve of and argue for things like gangsta rap and GTA — and indeed for the use of violenceto silence speech that offends them — well, such a culture becomes a machine for transforming madness into murder.
It reminds me of some wisdom from another two sheriffs, the fictional sheriffs from the Coen Brothers movie of Cormac McCarthy’s novel No Country for Old Men discussing the mindless violence that has taken over society. “Once you stop hearing ‘sir’ and ‘ma’am’ the rest is soon to follow,” says one. “It’s the tide, the dismal tide,” says the other. “It’s not the one thing.”
The left wants to defend gangstas and “transgressive” art and antifa thugs — but when the shooting starts, they blame the guns.
Read to completion right here…
Take away the morals, reap the rewards. Meaningless life. What could possibly go wrong? Oh corrupt politicians and agencies too, that’s who. Special Counsel Robert Mueller indicted foreign citizens for trying to influence the American public about an election because those citizens did not register as a foreign agent nor record their financial expenditures to the Federal Elections Commission.
By that theory, when will Mueller indict Christopher Steele, FusionGPS, PerkinsCoie, the DNC and the Clinton Campaign? Mueller’s indictment against 13 Russian trolls claimed their social media political activity was criminal because: they were foreign citizens; they tried to influence an election; and they neither registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act nor reported their funding to the Federal Elections Commission.
Deviousness begets idiocy and vice versa. Thank God for President Donald J. Trump and MAGA!
See also Wikipedia: Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990
And Law and Crime: Does Mueller indictment Mean Clinton Campaign can be Indicted?