Perhaps the title of this Blog post should be:
BYE BYE MISS AMERICAN PIE!!!
I think we can all admit that the true differences between Democrats and Republicans are minimal. The true Democrat party faded from existence somewhere way back in the 1960's. True Republicans took a little longer to sink into mediocrity, but for the most part, they're gone too.
Both parties have been so corrupted by Progressives, Communists and Socialists the neither can be recognized by their own merits. Sad, isn't it?
It is important to remember that this nation wasn't founded by political parties, but instead by patriots. When patriots created political parties, that's when the seeds of corruption were planted, and our newly enacted Constitution became the immediate target of our own elected government representatives. It would be correct to say that there was no need for lobbyists until political parties were formed. Prior to those parties, the Constitution was what it was. It had no agenda other than what was written in it. Small government, protection and defense of the nation, equal rights for all citizens. Noted, slavery was certainly a bump in the road for the intended true equality aspect, but that bump was hurdled and then leveled by a brutal civil war. By then however, America had created the catalyst for division, the political party. But, there was at that time, the notion that both parties had the welfare of America's Republic at heart.
The division of the parties has gone so astray that each party touts a totally different ideology. This may come as a surprise to most politicians, but there was a time, although long, long ago, that the ideology of both parties were very similar in their construct. Freedom, pursuit of happiness, liberty, these were the attributes that made up the Republic for which it stood. I say "stood", because I do not believe that our Republic stands for anything good, anymore, unless you can count "indifference" as an attribute.
There were a number of patriotic individuals who had a hand in baking this "American Pie". From Benjamin Franklin to George Washington himself. From John Adams to Thomas Jefferson, and Alexander Hamilton, patriots all. However when I think about how our Republic is failing today, I can't help but look back at the farewell address of our first President, George Washington. The message he left all Americans with, is one worth reading over and over again until it sinks in. President Washington's address is the most prophetic piece of literature written since the Bible, at least by my recollection. President Washington left us many warnings, and solutions, but over the centuries those warnings have faded into the annuls of history, and today we even have federally controlled schools that will not even teach about our first president, as if he never existed. Let's take a look back into history and see what George Washington said about political parties, I think you'll find his statements as prophetic as I do.
Washington's thoughts regarding political parties: [Although it is natural for people to organize and operate within groups like political parties, Washington argues] " that every government has recognized political parties as an enemy and has sought to repress them because of their tendency to seek more power than other groups and take revenge on political opponents. (Doesn't that statement have a familiar ring?) Washington goes on: "the alternate dominion of one party over another and coinciding efforts to exact revenge upon their opponents have led to horrible atrocities, and is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism because parties eventually gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual." (Hmm, absolute power of an individual.) In closing, he ends his statement regarding political parties and their dangers, this way: "I acknowledge the fact that parties are sometimes beneficial in promoting liberty in monarchies, but political parties must be restrained in a popularly elected government because of their tendency to distract the government from their duties, create unfounded jealousies among groups and regions, raise false alarms amongst the people, promote riots and insurrection, and provide foreign nations and interests access to the government where they can impose their will upon the country." When we read the parts underlined, we are able to see that Washington wasn't merely giving us a warning, but he in fact was able to see what was going to happen if his warning was not heeded. Suffice to say, here we are in the exact place where Washington cautioned we would end up. His thoughts on the formation of political parties was right on the money then, and it is now! In his same farewell address, Washington stated his definite thoughts regarding morality and religion: "Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports." He went on to say: "Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle." From that last statement, we must see that George Washington was convinced beyond a shadow of doubt that religion was, and is the foundation of public morality. He was also convinced that the knowledge of religious morality and principle be diffused throughout the nation. His exact words went something like this: ["The government needs to ensure that the diffusion of religious knowledge is a primary goal."]
If one looks back on a profound statement made by another founder of this great nation, Benjamin Franklin: " I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion and means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it...the more public provisions that were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves." Can anyone see a prophecy here in relation to the "nanny state" in which we now all live?
Our founding fathers were profound in their ideas and in their convictions. They sought Divine Intervention in their debates and their decisions. Our politicians would be well advised to seek the written knowledge from God through the Biblical scriptures and from the Divinely inspired words from those men who had a vision for a Republic like none other ever seen on the face of the earth.
I know that our president and those Progressives have nothing but disdain for our founding fathers and the Constitution they drafted and the Republic they established. Obama himself said "the Constitution restrains me." Well, low and behold Barack, that is exactly what the Constitution was designed to do. America has become a mere shadow of what it used to be, instead of a shining light on the hill, we are now a dim glimmer of what we once were. In a few short years, should we continue on this same path, America as we know it will cease to exist.
Bye, bye Miss American Pie.
God Help Us