Hope and change without God in the equation?

JJ PaladinStarred Page By JJ Paladin, 21st Mar 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Is a rejection of God by more and more Americans, especially progressive Democrats also a rejection of the founding father's belief in Natural Rights? If so, does that rejection of founding principles spell doom for the idea of individual freedom?

Dependence on government

Americans have flirted with the ideas of socialism for so long and the impact of big government in Americans lives has become so pervasive, that millions of young Americans now cannot recall a time when a big government leviathan did not exist and was neither needed nor wanted.

For most Americans they cannot recall when Social Security did not exist, or a time when the IRS did not get to take portions of their earnings out of their paychecks.

The ideas of small limited government and people pulling themselves up by their bootstraps are fading fast into collective memory. Simply put, freedom does not mean the same thing to today’s generation of Americans dependent on government as it once did to the founding fathers.

Progressive movement and modern Democrats

The progressive movement and the modern Democrat Party in the United States, for the most part, has completely rejected the founding fathers belief in small government and respect for individual rights and property. They attack Tea Party members who hold the founding fathers in high regard and believe in the ideals of American self-reliance. They also appear to be using the power of the Federal Government to actually punish their political opposition targeting groups with names like patriot, tea party, or conservative found in their name.

They openly discredit free market capitalism pointing towards criminals like Bernie Madoff as further proof that Capitalism does not work. The Democrats mantra "let’s reign in those evil capitalists" and "all capitalism does is breed greed" brings calls from more and more people that additional government oversight and regulation is required to protect us from those greedy rich people.

But what those well meaning people fail to understand is that government is no less greedy and selfish than individuals and businesses. Plus, entrepreneurs, or business people don't threaten people with garnishment of their wages; asset seizures; imprisonment; or threaten physical violence at the barrel end of some SWAT team's guns if people don't pay them, or do what they want.

Faith in God

Most Americans claim to believe in God and a majority identify themselves as Christian. Research polls continue to show this year after year. Indeed it can be said that it has been one of the more consistent traits of American society .

To the modern progressive Democrat however God either does not exist or if he does he's never spoken of in public and should not play any role whatsoever in public policy. The state's mandates trump beliefs in God in their view. Witness the current political battle playing out between the government's Obamacare birth control mandate and Hobby Lobby's owner's religious liberty. At issue is whether the government can force Hobby Lobby to offer birth control to its employees even though its against the owner's personally held religious beliefs. To the modern progressive no individual's religious expression should stand in the way of government's beneficent guiding hand and its need to provide birth control for the masses.

Founding principles

Change is inevitable. To the progressive its a necessity. However, some things should not change, or else risk the entire edifice collapsing in a heap. Perhaps that's their real aim but if Americans wish to retain their freedom that urge needs to be resisted.

The US Constitution was greatly influenced by the philosophy of Englishmen like John Locke who believed that God provided men with rights that are immutable and natural. These natural rights cannot be granted or taken away by government and indeed government exists to protect these rights. This is an underlying philosophy of the founders and is not better demonstrated that what is written in the Declaration of Independence.

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness"...

To say God has no place in American society or should have no influence in American policy is to ignore the very premise set forth by the Founders however inconvenient to non-believers that might be. The founders believed people have natural rights given to the them by God and that government was formed to protect those rights. Note the Declaration does not say men are endowed by their government or King with unalienable rights. It states their creator endowed them. That sounds a lot like recognition of God or a superintending power over the affairs of men. One does not have to be particularly religious to understand that this is what the founders were basing their ideas of self-determination and rights when they later wrote the Constitution.

If however you reject God then it follows you reject the premise that men were given unalienable rights from their creator, since men were not created. But where do those natural rights come from if not then from God? To the modern progressive and many Democrats there cannot be natural rights. The whole premise of the founding father's argument does not reconcile with their ideology. This rejection of a founding principle opens up the door to the ancient idea that only strong willed leaders, kings or despots determine what rights men should have and not have based upon nothing more than their supposed "enlightened" opinions and altruistic nature. And to show just how strong their case is, they will promise to threaten you with force and annihilation if you don't believe them or agree with them. To them freedom is dangerous and must be limited and controlled.

It is perhaps American society’s rejection of God among other beliefs like in the family structure that we now struggle. We the People have forgotten where we come from and look to a future promised by bureaucrats whose new foundation of hope and change is built on sand.


Bernie Madoff, Declaration Of Independence American History, Founding Fathers, God, John Locke, Natural Rights, Progressives, Religion, Socialism, Tea Party

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I have 15 yrs experience as a background investigator for the US govt. My writing will focus on American traditions, culture, history, and current events.

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author avatar pohtiongho
22nd Mar 2014 (#)

" hope of change built on sand," I don't think so. Terrorists will continue to kill and murder as long as they believe during their last moment, they just blieve in God and their sins are all washed away !!!

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author avatar madugundurukmini
22nd Mar 2014 (#)

god is great

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author avatar pohtiongho
24th Mar 2014 (#)

People created the idea of an almighty god because they lacked security. They needed this god to give them comfort in good times, and courage during bad times, e.g. when facing dangers or when things go wrong. Haven’t you seen people becoming more religious at times of crises? Because of fear and frustration, god cropped up out of nowhere. People claim this almighty god is masculine. Others say she is feminine. And the last group says god is neither a he or she! He is neuter! So far there is no real, concrete or irrefutable evidence for proof to indicate there is such an almighty god.

This almighty god idea originated from Egyptian legends, Zoroastrianism and Hindusim. Some almighty god was always smiting non-believers by spreading disease, pestilence and mayhem on them. (Check up history on the Canaanites, Sodom and Gomorrah)

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author avatar JJ Paladin
22nd Mar 2014 (#)

“The Founders believed, and the Conservative agrees, in the dignity of the individual; that we, as human beings, have a right to live, live freely, and pursue that which motivates us not because man or some government says so, but because these are God-given natural rights.” -Mark Levin "Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto"

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author avatar JJ Paladin
24th Mar 2014 (#)

@pohtionqho my point was that the majority of the Founder's did believe in God as do most Americans to this day. If you do not like this and you live here in America then you should probably try to understand why they believe as they do and why you do not. Perhaps "tolerance" is required? Thank you for taking the time to comment here. While I do not agree with you I appreciate your commenting.

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