Free nations require strong citizens, or they die
The most dangerous challenges to the Founders' America are in the living rooms of America!
by Mark Vogl
Saturday, July 27, 2013
President John Kennedy's challenge to the American people has never rung louder; "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country!"
I was a mere tot when he said those words at his Inauguration, but I remember how stirring they were to a little boy of five. This was a man I wanted to follow. Yep, even as a tyke, even as nothing more than a little boy. His words echoed inside my mind for an entire life. It has always been about what can you do for your nation! It was an optimistic thought, a thought of everyone in a nation working towards the good, sharing a spirit of freedom, and wanting to make life better.
But disappointment crashed all around me as I entered high school and saw the country in chaotic revolution rising. They pointed to President Kennedy and to Martin Luther King, but the Hippie movement of the late 60's weren't anything like those men. They hated their country, did drugs, burned draft cards and participated in riots. There were no more marches for a purpose, but rather just for pure evil. They did not believe in God, but instead rejected Him. A generation rose on dope, on hiding from the government, on buying illegal substances and setting up an illegal market within the country. Bonnie & Clyde might have been their heroes - except the courage of those two was not to be found in my generation. (Not in the majority, of course there have been exceptions. And most of those exceptions don't realize they are exceptions.)
The Liberals seized on the conservative John Kennedy. His own brother betrayed him spending decades in the US Senate forwarding ideas and policies completely opposite to those of President John Kennedy. President Kennedy lowered taxes, his brother was a chief proponent of increased government taxation! President Kennedy boldly started America in the race to the moon, and stood against communist aggression and threats. The test of battle, of war, had matured John Kennedy in a way Ted and his colleagues never knew. Kennedy faced down Kruschev in the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Kennedy, like Reagan was a President the nation could rally behind. They were exceptions in my lifetime. The other presidents merely represented their own rainbow of coalitions, causes and special interests. President Carter, may be an exception to that, but he had neither the personal strength, nor the understanding of world politics to be the leader we needed. People wanted to believe in Carter, but he failed. And he failed because of his policies. President Obama is doing precisely the same thing. Socialism may sound like heaven on earth, but it is a myth, a dream of Satan that has no place in a world that should be worshipping God.
America is failing today because its citizenry is not up to it. We are not up to doing for our nation. Not being taxed, not being forced, we are not up to being the citizens a free nation requires. Each generatoin looks to its own needs building debt that will someday crush us.
The first step towards practicing strong American citizenship is attending to your spiritual needs through reading the Bible, attending church and developing your relationship with God. This was a basic understanding of our Founding Fathers. Patrick Henry said: "It is when people forget God, that tyrants forge their chains." And, George Washington said "It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible."
Therefore it is vitally important that citizens be active within their church and to be in constant contact with the Almighty Father. Alexis de Tocqueville wrote: "Not until I went to the churches of America and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great." The disconnect between the good of our nation, its founding and purpose from Christianity is a closely guarded secret. For the enemies of the United States who wish to destroy America, the lost connection between God and America's citizens is an important political and national security objective. And these enemies are as much domestic as they are foreign.
Censorship has played a vital role here. The myth of separation of church and state has echoed without any retort to the truth of our history as a nation. Should you be interested in further reading on the intimate connection between religion and the discovery, settlement and founding of our nation I refer you to two books; The Christian Life and Character of the Civil Institutions of the United States, by Benjamin F. Morris, and Forged in Faith by Rod Gragg. The first book is a 1,000 page encyclopedia that traces our nation's beginnings providing a broad base of factual information which can then be used in your papers and talks. The second book, more recent in its publishing, is a good read that can introduce you to the idea that God and government can work together.
But citizenship only starts with faith.
A rudimentary act of citizenship in a nation where the laws are supposed to reflect the will of the people, is abiding by the laws. This small incidental appears to be a problem in the United States. When the government adopted prohibition back in the first half of the twentieth century a large segment of the population ignored or worked around those laws. A criminal community was created to supply the demand for alcohol. This community, because of the lucrative nature of the sale of alcohol was then able to unite other criminal activities (gambling, prostitution, etc.) to the sale of alcohol.
The change of laws then led criminal activity to the manufacture, distribution and sale if illegal drugs. American citizens, of all economic classes and ethnicities, saw little problem in violating the law, repeatedly to meet their want for drugs. (In fact drugs might be the number one activity linking all races.) Generations now have been seduced or inducted into this activity. Parents have passed on their inability to control themselves to their children. (Want to see the core of the Me Generation?) And the American demand has created an international market, leading to the idea of open borders. The media, nor the government law enforcement agencies have made any connection between open borders for illegal immigrants, and open borders for illegal drugs. The two are never mentioned in the same sentence and yet, they are inseparable..
Here the actions of American citizens themselves have been primarily responsible for the lowering of "honesty" standards within America. Everybody does it right? Well almost everybody, I mean Presidents today seem to be inclined to mention something about their own illegal activities, almost like saying; "Hey I am just one you, pass the pipe."
Freedom seems to be the Libertarian call to arms. Doesn't matter whether the activity is legal or whether it harms a person, or destroys the fabric of family and community. Anything goes ... law is merely always tyranny... by the way whose on the border guarding us from people who don't think this way?
And then we move on to the positive activities of citizenship, exercising the right to vote, participating in the governing process, serving in the military, and working to enhance the quality of life in your community.
Citizens must learn about local, state and federal governments including the Constitution, a document written for you, the common person. The Constitution was not written by lawyers for lawyers. It was a common man's document reflecting the hopes and aspirations of a people who came to the New World to rid themselves of the special interests of their day. It is a document that basically says, government you work for me, not vice versa.
Citizenship is not just registering to vote, though that right and responsibility is the most basic form to manifest your part of governing yourself. And fewer than 75% are even registered to vote. Of those eligible to vote, less than 70% voted in the 2012 election! When registration and voter turnout are put together less than half of all Americans voted; a pitiful illustration of the lack of patriotism within the America.
Citizenship is gaining importance in the Electronic Age. The ability to communicate, to find and learn information, to experiment with governance by decentralizing it through the internet all provide new opportunities for citizens to participate and influence policy.
As I said in the first sentence, John Kennedy's challenge has never echoed louder.