The Beliefs of our Founding Fathers

 The Beliefs of our Founding Fathers

You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself areputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeatingthe very phrases which our founding fathers used in the struggle forindependence.

To contemplate the above statement leads one to understand how much things have changed over the last 200 years, more especially the last 40 years. The values and principles this country was founded on are slowly disappearing and being replaced with principles that won’t stand the test of time.

The first lessons our ancestors were taught took place in Plymouth Colony, when Governor Bradford thought a form of socialism would be a wonderful idea. He soon learned the folly of that adventure,  soon many people no longer wanted to work , why should they, someone else would provide for them, everything was to be shared equally. There being no incentive for any one to work hard to provide a better life for themselves and their family, people naturally became lazy and assumed they were entitled to a free ride,sound familiar?

Capitalism and free enterprise were two of the main tenants of our country, established so one could accomplish as much as they desired or were capable of attaining, not relying on someone else to carry the load. People looked after one another and helped the downtrodden until they were capable of making it on their own again,people who relied on the government for help were looked down upon.

As can be discovered by anyone who reads anything of the founding of our country, God had a very important role. Many came here so they could practice the belief of their choice without the fear of prosecution.Try to state your beliefs today and see what happens, especially if your beliefs are something that would be considered normal and mainstream.

 All endeavors were undertaken with the blessing of Deity. Contrary to popular belief, Our country was founded on the principle of Freedom of Religion, not freedom FROM religion. We should keep God in our government, but allowing politics in a place of worship can only be detrimental to everyone.

Our Founding Fathers set up a form of government whereby the majority of the governing would be on the state or local level, the only duties of the federal government would be issues too large for the local governments, such as printing money and national defense. My, how that has changed!

Government was to stay out of the way, the individual was thought to be intelligent enough to make the decisions necessary to ensure his own well being and prosperity.

Congressmen were supposed to be citizen legislatures, serving for a few years , then returning to their private lives, it was never thought there should be such a thing as a career politician.

Sometimes things have to get really bad before it can get better, if anything good can come out of the election of 2008 it would be if voters finally decide our thinking has to change and elect responsible leaders who have the best interest of the country and the people at heart, and not elect people who only think of themselves and how wealthy and important they can become. If the elected politicians become corrupt,we have term limits, there is an election every four years, vote for somebody else, getting re-elected should be a reward for a job well done, not a guarantee of a lifetime job or a popularity contest.

Gary is a travel writer and photographer living in Sarasota, Florida. He maintains a website featuring some of his travel photos and markets a line of products featuring many of his photos.

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4 Comments

  1. Wow!, this was a real quality post. In theory I’d like to write like this too – taking time and real effort to make a good article… but what can I say… I keep putting it off and never seem to get something done.

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