By Any Name

The recent flap over including God in the Democrats platform is concerning on several levels. Most religions of the world believe in an Almighty, although often by another name. Ignoring facts the United States was instituted by a God-fearing people, is to ignore the principle foundation layer supporting what became the greatest governmental experiment the world has ever seen. How far we have swayed in more than 200 years.

The Founding Fathers, Christians, realized no people can survive without a core belief in an Almighty. They also recognized government has no business dictating what faith people should follow. All, however, knew a nation cannot stand without moral principles.

John Adams said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

“Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.”–Benjamin Franklin.

And, George Washington said: “While just government protects all in their religious rights, true religion affords to government its surest support.”

There are many such quotations one can find with little research effort, documenting the Founding Father’s thoughts on this vital issue. Virtue and Moral Values, all provide the necessary underpinnings to government by the People. The United States is a Representative Republic. A true democracy, however, is ruled by a majority that can, on the slightest whim, take from you everything you have. Morality and virtue prevent the latter from occurring. — Dan Lee

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