The View From 1776

Rejecting Our Unwritten Constitution

John Adams expressed it forthrightly.  A nation of limited, constitutional government can succeed only when its citizens are self-regulated by a common understanding regarding morality and rules of social conduct.  In the United States, from its founding era until the 1970s, that common understanding was the Judeo-Christian religious ethic that was the substance of Western civilization.

R. R. Reno, on the First Things website, describes the vast, and deleterious, change that befell the nation in the 1970s.

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  1. Reno, along with most all observers of America's political scene, skips lightly over the Founder's principles of human nature, their endowments, and a social environment of opportunity to make choices, 24-7.

    While most Believers of Judeo-Christian values and priorities accept the religious background of such elements, they reject religion as inappropriate in government, since they stress freedom to choose as fundamental to both civic life and religion. Government religion could be worse than counter- productive.

    Having said that, Judeo-Christian principles far exceed human abilities to surpass or even claim credit for such principles as found uniquely in Biblical Scripture, alone. Lodged as he is in an ego-centric posture, man cannot invent moral or ethic criteria greater than himself. Such have become the specific principles of The Constitution of The United States of America. INDIVIDUAL VALUE & ENDOWED RIGHTS, REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT, SEPARATION OF POWERS, & LAWS OF RESTRICTION ON GOVERNMENT, etc., all testify to our principled source as not man-made or initiated, but of superior implmentation and application.

    Has it ever been done better? Has it ever been used worse? It is still a 24/7 choice...

    semper fidelis
    vincit veritas
    Posted by Jim Baxter  on  03/24  at  06:19 PM
  2. You can't change the religion of the people without changing the nature and character of the culture they live in or the government they have.

    As you and Reno suggest, the religion of the people--particularly the elites--has shifted from Christianity to humanism. To call it 'secular' humanism would be a lie--there's nothing secular about it. And our government has changed in accordance with the shift in the religion of the people.

    We no longer self-regulate, and we most definitely do not have a national consensus as to a belief system or standards of personal conduct. And when a people cannot self-regulate and have vastly different conduct, liberty suffers as government steps in to mold behavior at the point of a gun.
    Posted by Elusive Wapiti  on  03/25  at  10:31 AM
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