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Under the feet of the Saints

divided America

Thomas Jefferson “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” dc.309

Thomas Jefferson “I hold it, that a little rebellion, now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.” pg413

Thomas Jefferson thought that revolutions should occur periodically and the foundation of his thesis I believe in part was his knowledge of English history where the Magna Carta, gained by revolt, was used to restrain the tyrant king John. We can also say this of England’s Petition of Right for restraining king Charles I and the Bill of Rights after the tyrant King James II was forced to abdicate the throne.

Thomas Jefferson “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” 436

“To vindicate these rights, says Mr. Blackstone, when actually violated or attack’d, the subjects of England are entitled first to the regular administration and free course of justice in the courts of law–next to the right of petitioning the King and parliament for redress of grievances–and lastly, to the right of having and using arms for self-preservation and defence.” f/cons.sam.adams

Sidney ”They also say, that as no government can be so perfect but some defect may be originally in it, or afterward introduced, none can subsist unless they be from time to time reduced to their first integrity, by such an exertion of the power of those for whose sake they were instituted…”  476

Algernon Sidney says when civil magistrates, kings or rulers act outside their sphere of  authority and work an the injury to the people, and the people, having no redress, are return to the state of nature where the injur’d become the executioner and judge against the violator of their rights.

The message of England’s history is that once a vicious faction with despotic principles gains control of the nation’s government and violating the law of the people to their injury, it cannot be removed except by the force of arms or a strong legislative will. The founding fathers understood this danger and worked diligently at applying check and balances into the US Constitution in order to hinder a vicious faction from gaining dominance in our public councils and thus the sure overthrow of the republic.The Federalist Papers  give extensive discourse on the dangers of party spirit and the nature of faction. For example,

James Madison “If a faction consist of less than a majority, relief is supplied by the republican principle,which enables the majority to defeat its sinister views by regular vote: It may clog the administration, it may convulse the society, but it will be unable to execute and mask its violence under the forms of the Constitution. When the majority is included in a faction, the form of popular government on the other hand enables it to sacrifice to is ruling passion or interest, both the public good and the rights of other citizens.” pg54

In our generation, we can testify that many of the checks on our government to hinder dangerous  factions have been overcome by a determined internal enemy of constitutional liberty and justice. Even a partial of the American sovereignty, the people, are deceived and misguided by wolves into dismantling America’s historic foundation stones and underlying principles. Those who uphold free and open debate, a civilized form of public discourse, fair and free elections, a higher law over human passion, a revealed definition of good and evil, oaths as guardian of public trusts, covenanted government or federalism, and constitutional limitations in the use of civil power are under siege by vicious enemies of the public welfare and happiness who seek rule by usurpation, centralization of civil authority , liberty of lusts and vice, public discourse in the form of  diatribes, false accusations, vicious characterizations, and misleading propaganda. Americans are witnessing a revolution within a two party political system guided by anti republican sentiment to the thwarting of  much needed Christian moral influence resulting in the degrading of life and liberty, and this is done by a belligerent but powerful, highly organized, internal enemy. As the voice of the sensible majority is weekend and divided by moral confusion and their policies undermined by enemies in league, Americans will continue to witness the dismantling  of their Union of free and independent Republics. We are no longer one people operating upon spirit of public service or Christ with one set of principles but a battle field of opposing ideologies and agendas. America is a divided nation, a nation of contesting gods and standards, and a nation of contending spirits.

George Washington’s 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..”

Americans support of party spirit or faction by the voting the lessor of two evils is the cause of their losing their liberty and nation. America must repent the Evil One’s political unction to choose evil, the lessor over the more,  and stand with God’s unction in electing those who have demonstrated honesty, integrity, and an obedience to serve God’s law. Those with the spirit of Christ have the spirit of public service and they are called to serve.  Those with the spirit of Satan have the spirit of domination. To overcome vicious factions under the rule of the Evil One is to seek shelter in the wisdom of  God by incorporating that wisdom into the national fabric.

We do his by amending the US Constitution with Article VIII, and then the law of Moses and the Apostles will be America’s standard, a standard that all mankind can understand and apply without reservation, and then will our public agents, tested upon the threshing floor of public accountability, will be a living law worthy of public service and praise.

Thomas Jefferson “If we find our government in all its branches rushing headlong, like our predecessors, into the arms of monarchy, if we find them violating our dearest rights, the trial by jury, the freedom of the press, the freedom of opinion, civil or religious, or opening on our peace of mind or personal safety the sluices of terrorism, if we see them raising standing armies, when the absence of all other danger points to these as the sole objects on which they are to be employed, then indeed let us withdraw and call the nation to its tents.” m/l613


2 comments on “Under the feet of the Saints

  1. Dorman
    February 12, 2013

    We’re real close on this one! Jefferson did believe that a centralized government will inevitably lead to corruption and should be watched carefully with distrust and, yes, even periodically overthrown–the sole reason for the Second Amendment. And I agree that we are, indeed, seeing a “tyranny by intimidation.” I believe, however, that the “determined enemy of republicanism” is not an evil coalition of godless Liberals but the unhindered power of entrenched corporate interests whose sole objective is greed with no regards to any set of morals whatsoever– Christian, democratic, or even common decency.

    • artviii
      March 17, 2013

      “Godless liberals” have not forsaken religion. Their religion is a separation of God from state in the manufacture of an all power centralized government with an overall control over personal freedom, land resources, education and private business. *See communist constitutions Soviet Union and China. A nation that determines where you work, live, the extent of education, wages, and limits you ability to leave is a slave state – no different then the African slave who had no right to property ownership, job selection, educational choices or freedom of movement. As far as “power of entrenched corporate interest” replacing gain for morality. America is imitating the failure of Rome were their success lead to failure in moral disciple and brought ruin to a nation. Having said this, the evil in America is not free enterprise or corporations making a a honest profit. The Bible supports six days of labor which is equal to six days of profit, so making money is not the problem. American corporation’s lack of honesty and moral integrity is the result of our loss of national and civil zeal for righteousness. In fact, righteousness in America is under attack (epoch of darkness – Tacitus). Sidney offers important insight were he says that nations go through different seasons, a season where virtue is honored and immorality is hated and a season were virtue is attacked and immorality is held up. A season of good government and a season of evil government. In America, we have moved into a season where Christian moral virtue is hated and secular immorality or foreign religious influence is held up, and the product is the rise of notorious government. By the encouragement of leadership, the American people are fast becoming rabble, a mobocracy, and every structure they have built or will build will reflect their diminished character. By our failure and rejection of moral discipline, Americans are fast becoming internally enslaved to feelings and passions with the certain fruit of external enslavement to despotic tyranny – you can not expect the servile to build and maintain public and private edifices except under bondage (See biblical Egypt). In order to stop our national decline, we need as a nation to restore the light of knowledge which is found in the wisdom of the ages, the importance of a higher law over personal passion and a civil love for the science of morality.

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