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Remembering the Providential Gift of America
Remembering the Providential Gift of America

Posted December 24th, 2010

Christmas, 1776.

Summer had begun with strong declarations of noble ideals, but by winter the cause of liberty seemed to be at low ebb. Having suffered defeat after defeat, many had all but given up hope. It looked like freedom would succumb yet again, as it had throughout history, to the forces of authoritarianism and tyranny.

Then, on Christmas Day, 1776, a small band of colonial forces under the command of Gen. George Washington, having retreated all the way from New York, again crossed the Delaware River and brought battle at Trenton, New Jersey. Washington not only won the battle but regained the initiative and turned the war in the patriots’ favor. One week later, Washington defeated the British at Princeton and forced the enemy to withdraw, preventing its advance on Philadelphia, seat of the Continental Congress.

When it announced itself to the world in 1776, the United States of America was little more than an alliance of 13 small colonies on a barren continent, thousands of miles from their ancestral homeland, surrounded by hostile powers.

Now, well over two centuries after winning independence from the British Empire, America is the freest, wealthiest, most powerful nation on Earth. Along the way it established sovereign nationhood, settled a continent and more and brought unprecedented prosperity to its citizens. It survived a devastating Civil War that threatened its very life, abolished slavery and raised up the emancipated to be citizens equal to their one-time masters. It triumphed in two world wars fought on foreign soil and a decades-long struggle against worldwide communism that, 20 years ago, led to the fall of the Berlin Wall and collapse of the Soviet Union.

What accounts for this monumental success? The founding of the United States was indeed revolutionary. But not in the sense of replacing one set of rulers with another, or overthrowing the institutions of society. John Adams queried:

What do we mean by the American Revolution? The revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people. . . . This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people, was the real American Revolution.

Our revolution was about the ideas upon which a new nation was to be established. Permanent truths “applicable to all men and all times,” as Abraham Lincoln later said, proclaimed that principle rather than will would be the ultimate ground of government.

What is truly revolutionary about America is that, for the first time in history, these universal ideas became the foundation of a system of government and its political culture. Because of these principles, rather than despite them, the American Revolution culminated not in tyranny but a constitutional government that has long endured.

To this day, 233 years after Washington and his men crossed the Delaware, these principles–proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence and promulgated by the Constitution–still define us as a nation and inspire us as a people. These principles are responsible for a prosperous, just nation unlike any other. They are the highest achievements of our tradition, a beacon to those who strive for freedom but also a warning to tyrants and despots everywhere. Because of these principles, not despite them, America achieved greatness.

The Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson later recorded, was “neither aiming at originality of principle or sentiment, nor yet copied from any particular and previous writing, [but] was intended to be an expression of the American mind.”

As Americans, our aim must be a clear expression and forthright defense of the nation’s principles in the public square so that they become, once again, an expression of the American mind. Despite constant scorn by academic elites, political leaders and the popular media, most Americans still believe in the uniqueness of this country and respect the Founders’ noble ideas. They may fail a test of particulars – quick: when did Washington cross the Delaware? – but they overwhelmingly want to know about this nation and its meaning.

We must give voice to all those who have not given up on their country’s experiment in self-government, have not concluded the cause of liberty and limited constitutional government is lost and have not accepted America’s decline as inevitable.

The goal must be to restore the liberating principles of the American Founding as the defining public philosophy of our nation. As it was for most of American history, so it can be again.

The joy of this wonderful season is about new beginnings and the eternal promise of redemption. We Americans have the immeasurable benefit, the providential gift, of having inherited a great country.

We must never forget its confidence, optimism and promise, its endless capacity for renewal, are contained in our dedication to the enduring principles of liberty with which all men are endowed by their Creator.

May you and yours have a merry and blessed Christmas.

http://blog.heritage.org/2010/12/24...=Morning%2BBell

You're welcome.

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12-24-2010 09:59 PM  9 years ago
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Awesome find sir Dennis!

Let us also remember the voice of a signatore of the
New Constitution, Benjamin Franklin, when he wrote:
"Only the truly virtuous can remain truly Free."

Ben, Thomas Jefferson and so many more of this American
era of beginnings were students of the Bible, and as such
committed Christian Believer's in The Creator God.

The virtue of Franklin's statement reflects those of a
heart of a man whose faith is cast on the Goodness, Grace,
and Mercy of God, in His SON, the Lord Jesus Christ.

For without 'obedience' to the principles outlined with
absolute clarity throughout the Bible men retreat into
doing their own thing; and society inevitably denegrates.

This is exactly what happened to the Romans, and we are
seeing this 'atheistic' march in America today.

America has lost touch with The GOD who blessed her with
Greatness, and a mere two years prior: A so called Majority
Vote allowed access to the Highest Office in our Land
by a Man, without credentials, without a certificate of
birth ON U.S. Soil, and is thus an illegal alien, with
a heart not for Christ and The Word of GOD, but rather
the mistaken musings and writings of the first muslim
who tells the tall tale of a "god" named allah who actually
directs those who 'believe' in him to KILL for HIM.

God clearly details that killing another human is wrong
and where allah invites his followers to 'send your sons
into battle in a holy jihad to kill the infidels', with
the promise of his heaven; The Creator God says, "No need of
that! I have already sent My Son to Die FOR You."

This anti-christian Commander-in-Chief just a few days ago
placed yet another nail in America's coffin when he denied
the Directive of St. Paul in Romans Chapter One, where God
says to all of they which have ears to hear HIM, that
Men w/ Men and Women w/ Women in a sexual manner is
an abomination to Him, and is Sin which can be forgiven
if repentance should honor that human soul.
As a result of his signature you WILL SEE the decline
of the United States Military. I guarantee it.

Will some of you interested readers please find a Bible
and Read for Yourself this Chapter? Please. Romans 1.

I need not even begin to mention the socialist agenda
with government 'control' this, our 'leader' demands
upon the Live's of American's!
Be it health care, taxation by cap and trade or any of the
other methodology he mistakenly 'believes' that America
so desperately 'needs'!!!

If we fail, as a society to 'vote him out' another 4 years
of this manifest stupidity and rebellion from the auspices
of the 'Living GOD' will leave this land in absolute peril...

We are just seeing the tip of this iceberg now.

With leadership committed to The Bible, America can
once again see and live in the FREEDOM once brought forth
upon this land, a new land, conceived in liberty and dedicated
to the proposition that all men are CREATED Equal, with Life
libery and the pursuit of happiness.

Byron L. Head, Christmas Eve, 12-24-2010

Merry Christmas to all who have ears to hear...

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I love gravity, it always keeps my feet planted when I fly!
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12-24-2010 10:14 PM  9 years ago
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Merry Christmas to all who have ears to hear...
Thanks.

Same to you and yours Bryon.

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