The Second Principal – We must remain virtuous and morally strong in order tosurvive under a Republican Constitution
On every question of construction [of the Constitution] let us carry ourselves back to thetime when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates, and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text, or intended against it,conform to the probable one in which it was passed. Thomas Jefferson
The experiment that our founding fathers initiated in building this country was oneof self-government. They established this government based upon the belief in OneGod, the God of Nature. Therefore, the Natural Laws that they built the governmentupon are the Laws of God. This is the God, which endowed humankind withunalienable rights. However, along with those rights, God gave manresponsibilities, which cannot be separated from the rights. They believed that inaccepting each of these rights, man, accepts the responsibility to take it uponhimself to ensure that all of his brothers enjoy each right equally. In a sense ourgovernment as it was established, can only survive if we live by the question that John F. Kennedy asked, “Ask not, what your country can do for you, ask what youcan do for your country. This is the essential quality necessary for the success of aRepublic. This is the essence of Republicanism as our Forefathers intended it whenthey created our Republic.Imagine a country where each community felt a moral responsibility to make surethat each member of that community had an opportunity to work, to supporthimself and his family. Each individual felt a moral obligation to his neighbor, to seethat the sick were cared for, all were fed and everyone had shelter. Theyenvisioned a country where each citizen felt a sense of moral duty to every othercitizen. Our Forefathers believed that this could be a country of citizens, raisedfrom childhood as moral and virtuous. They would be citizens taught the truemeaning of being an American living under of the Laws of Nature and Nature’s Godas mentioned in the Declaration of Independence. They imagined that we wouldunderstand as citizens that,
“To whom much is given, much is expected”,
and thateach citizen would be a government unto himself, (self-governing) guarding therights and privileges of his brothers and sisters, as he would guard his own, This isthe only people deserving and capable of such a government as they were building.
2 Corinthians 8:13-15
For I do not mean that others should be eased and youburdened, but that as a matter of fairness
your abundance at the present time should supply
their need, so that their abundance may supply your need, that there may be fairness.
As it is written,
"Whoever gathered much had nothing left over, and whoever gathered little had no lack."
I would supposed that our founding fathers believed that this was possible becausethe Americans of the time embraced a moral and virtuous life much like the liveslived today by the Amish people. It is easy to imagine the American of ourForefathers vision surviving on the shoulders of the Amish. It is also the type of heart centered life lived by the Hasidic Jews. This virtue and sense of moralobligation was something that they did not feel was inborn, but had to be taughtfrom a very young age through family, school and what they considered religion.