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Vic Biorseth, Sunday, June
Here, the authors of the American Declaration of Independence established four, unalienable, God-given, Natural Law human rights, as a purpose-for-being and the very foundation stone of an entirely new form of government.
What did the authors mean by "Liberty"?
What they meant was the Christian understanding of Freedom, relying on Scripture:
In the Christian understanding, Freedom (Liberty) involves being freed of the "Old Law", i.e., circumcision, Kosher laws, ritual cleansing, Sabbaths and New Moons. In initiation into the Christian community, the rite of Circumcision was replaced by Baptism, both for newborns and for new converts of any age.
But more important than that, to the new nation of America, was the Christian notion of freedom from sin, which is always, always, enslaving. To be free was to be liberated from sin; to be a slave to Christ was to cooperate with the Grace given to achieve self-mastery. The habitual practice of the virtuous life and the avoidance of vice is the centerpiece of Civilized Morality.
But how did all this translate into a right in civil law? What does Liberty mean in relationship to government?
Self-governing, in other words. Before a nation can truly be a self-governing nation with no need of any human sovereign, the individual citizens must predominantly be self-governing individuals. That means they must be virtuous, or "good" citizens, who will willingly live within the law, with little need for police.
Good Christians happily obey the law, so long as it is moral law.
The less virtuous a people are, in the Judaeo-Christian sense of that word, the more in need of government and police they must be. Only a virtuous people may be self governing, just as only the virtuous individual citizen may be most properly self-governing, and a blessing rather than a curse to his neighbors.
America was Constituted to be a nation in which,
And that worked fine for our first hundred years or so; not so much today. When the people elect immoral men, they may expect the legislation of immoral law. What is worse, when judges and justices are or become immoral, including especially Supreme Court Justices, immoral law may be "legislated" from the bench, as has been done, over and over again. Unconstitutional, of course, in every instance. But unresisted and left to stand by the other two supposedly co-equal branches of government, as if they could do nothing about it.
Proving, again and again, that our highest elected government officials in the federal government are, in their majority, either evil, or stupid.
If you go back and study the advance of any particular immorality that has become standardized and acculturated into American society you will see that it came from the top down, not the bottom up. It was first made legal, unconstitutionally. Then it was transformed into a legal right, again, unconstitutionally. Making something legal recruits more and more participants. If it's legal, it can't be bad.
Note well that American Liberty depends upon Christian Morality. No other form of morality will do. The nation is designed around it, by men who lived it. No other religion contains the same Commandments, the same Virtues, the same prohibitions, the same Natural Law.
To voluntarily and willingly live within moral law is to be a moral person. Non-Christians of any variety have always been welcome in America, so long as they can abide by the Constitution as written. If they cannot or will not do that, then they can never hope to assimilate into the American culture. They will tend, rather, to try to modify the whole American culture to "assimilate" itself to their alien or immoral ways of thinking.
And that is what is happening, because we are allowing it.
We the People are being modified for the worse.
This American concept stands opposed to the Marxist interpretation of Liberty, which is, in a nutshell:
The problem with that is, of course, that the deeper any Socialist society sinks into Communism, the less "voluntary" cooperation there is. And, of course, as has been proven over and over and over again, top-down, state-driven economies always fail. Communism is, always was and always will be quite impossible.
Trying to force-fit it and make it work produced the infamous Gulags of the Soviet Union, the Death Camps of Germany, and unrelenting horrors on whole populations all over the world.
Marxism opposes religion in general and Christianity in particular. Therefor, all Marxist governments, from the mildest Social-Democracies to the most rabidly Communist dictatorships, tend to grow vicious rather than virtuous populations over time. People incapable of self-governing, and in need of heavy handed government and a strong police force.
The need to keep unruly people in line in Marxist lands has even involved state-sponsored terror campaigns, against their own people. Some of these even involved territorial mass exterminations, through mass starvation, deprivation and murder, as was done in the Ukraine.
The American concept also stands opposed to the Islamic interpretation of Liberty, which is, in a nutshell:
Islamic law, or Sharia law, in most instances is too brutal, cruel and unjust for the typical Western mind to even conceive. Most, upon learning about it, don't believe it.
Islamic law stands absolutely and totally opposed to every element of the American Constitution. It opposes not only Freedom of Religion, but every single right guaranteed in the whole Bill Of Rights, and all the rest of the Constitution.
In point of fact, Islam denies all law other than Islamic law. Islam is a strict theocracy. It is both religion and government. Islam will tolerate no other religion, no other government and no other form of law.
If you don't believe it, read the Koran.
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