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The Second Principal – We must remain virtuous and morally strong in order to

survive under a Republican Constitution

On every question of construction [of the Constitution] let us carry ourselves back to the
time 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 one
of self-government. They established this government based upon the belief in One
God, the God of Nature. Therefore, the Natural Laws that they built the government
upon are the Laws of God. This is the God, which endowed humankind with
unalienable rights. However, along with those rights, God gave man
responsibilities, which cannot be separated from the rights. They believed that in
accepting each of these rights, man, accepts the responsibility to take it upon
himself to ensure that all of his brothers enjoy each right equally. In a sense our
government 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 you
can do for your country. This is the essential quality necessary for the success of a
Republic. This is the essence of Republicanism as our Forefathers intended it when
they created our Republic.

Imagine a country where each community felt a moral responsibility to make sure
that each member of that community had an opportunity to work, to support
himself and his family. Each individual felt a moral obligation to his neighbor, to see
that the sick were cared for, all were fed and everyone had shelter. They
envisioned a country where each citizen felt a sense of moral duty to every other
citizen. Our Forefathers believed that this could be a country of citizens, raised
from childhood as moral and virtuous. They would be citizens taught the true
meaning of being an American living under of the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God
as mentioned in the Declaration of Independence. They imagined that we would
understand as citizens that, “To whom much is given, much is expected”, and that
each citizen would be a government unto himself, (self-governing) guarding the
rights and privileges of his brothers and sisters, as he would guard his own, This is
the only people deserving and capable of such a government as they were building.
2 Corinthians 8:13-15 13”For I do not mean that others should be eased and you
burdened, but that as a matter of fairness 14your abundance at the present
time should supply(A) their need, so that their abundance may supply your
need, that there may be fairness. 15As it is written,(B) "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 because
the Americans of the time embraced a moral and virtuous life much like the lives
lived today by the Amish people. It is easy to imagine the American of our
Forefathers 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 moral
obligation was something that they did not feel was inborn, but had to be taught
from a very young age through family, school and what they considered religion.
Both of these different groups, the Amish and the Hasidic Jews have different
religions, but they both live and teach the Love of God and the responsibility that
God give us to love one another.

I remember when my oldest daughter was very young she went to a Montessori
School. It seemed to me that all she did all day was cut vegetables and pour water.
Then when it was time for her to go to another school, the teachers at Montessori
suggested that I take her to different schools and spend the day there with her. We
went to one of the schools that they had suggested and I watched as the children in
the class fought over toys, pulled them out of the shelves and left them on the floor
while they went for another. Then I watched my daughter go to the toy shelf, take
out a toy and play with it for a while. Then, she would put the pieces all together
and place it neatly back on the shelf where it came from – she was order in the
midst of the most unnerving chaos. I immediately took her hand and ran out of the
classroom before she caught on to what they were doing and it rubbed off on her.
There were many reasons that Montessori taught my daughter and her classmates
to be considerate, share, and put things back where they came from, but what was
important was that the teaching became second nature to her. This was the
expectation of our founding fathers. They believed that from a young age a child
could be taught to act against selfishness through developing a habit of virtuous
and moral actions.

Ben Franklin said, “Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations
become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.”

"Self-love... is the sole antagonist of virtue, leading us constantly by our


propensities to self-gratification in violation of our moral duties to others.
Accordingly, it is against this enemy that are erected the batteries of moralists
and religionists, as the only obstacle to the practice of morality. Take from man
his selfish propensities, and he can have nothing to seduce him from the practice
of virtue. Or subdue those propensities by education, instruction or restraint, and
virtue remains without a competitor." --Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Law, 1814.
ME 14:140

What Thomas Jefferson spoke of as ‘self-love’, was what we today would call
selfishness. Once the British were expelled from this country the wealth and
corruption that they had brought with them – left also. The people easily connected
the lack and suffering that they had endured under British rule to the corruption,
wealth, and lack of virtue of the British Aristocracy and were anxious to separate
themselves from anything resembled it. They were, having earned their
independence, satisfied with a life that was moral and virtuous, they had fought and
achieved so much together that there existed a sense of brotherhood, even if
temporary. All read the writings of the founding fathers. Virtue and morals were
taught in the schools and centers of worship. There was a sense of peace and
wellbeing that impressed even the most skeptical European that a virtuous people,
capable of freedom and self-government could exist. Less government was as
experiment in the ability of people to real meaning of self-government was the
governing of self and the protection of others. This required virtue and a spiritual
moral code.
1 John 3:17 “But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need,
and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God
in him?”

I have felt, for the past ten years, that our Government was becoming more and
more corrupt, more and more corroded, the structure was so eaten away by greed
and corruption that there was just not enough of whatever was once there, to hold
the building (Government) together any longer. Greed had become like termites,
laying eggs upon eggs within the structure until regardless of what we did to
eliminate what we saw, the new eggs were constantly hatching and further eating
away at what was left. Eating away at the Constitution that once had such strong
spirit.

The Constitution cannot hold up a government that is supporting a society that runs
contrary to the spirit of its Framers, anymore than a carriage built to carry a baby
can stand under the weight of an elephant. Anything specifically designed for one
type of user, can only be guaranteed if it only used by that type of user. This
Constitution was designed to support and serve a moral and virtuous people, and
only such a people, as the majority, can anticipate that it will endure.
“I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to
tremble for the safety of my country; corporations have been enthroned, an era
of corruption in High Places will follow, and the Money Power of the Country will
endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the People, until
the wealth is aggregated in a few hands, and the Republic is destroyed. I feel at
this moment more anxiety for the safety of my country than ever before, even in
the midst of war”
Abraham Lincoln