Reflecting on the Founding Fathers and the American spirit
What would men like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Thomas Paine, and other leading figures who fought and liberated this country from British tyranny – physically and intellectually – have to say about contemporary America? Considering America has morphed from a beacon of freedom, liberty, honor, and rugged individualism into a tyrannical Orwellian Nanny state corrupted and controlled by foreign criminal elements, engaged in a never ending war against a faceless, manufactured enemy, the leading men who founded this once great nation would not even recognize the country they established over 200 years ago.
The Founding Fathers of America comprised some of the most brilliant, selfless, and honorable men in Western history. As the ambitious, righteous men they were, they risked it all – life, liberty, property, family, and their legacy – to expose, resist, and overcome British tyranny, and establish a democratic republic based on Christian principals. These men knew what they were up against, and fully understood not only the risks of their words and actions, but also the revolutionary nature of the endeavor they were engaged in, which is perhaps best exemplified with Patrick Henry’s timeless quote concluding a speech he made to the Virginia Convention supporting the Revolution: “Give me liberty, or give me death!”
Thomas Paine, writing in Common Sense, one of the most influential pamphlets written during the Revolutionary period, said:
The cause of America is in a great measure the cause of all mankind. We have it in our power to begin the world over again. The birthday of a new world is at hand.
John Adams, in a letter to his wife Abigail, wrote on May 17, 1776:
Is it not a saying of Moses, “Who am I, that I should go in and out before this great people?” When I consider the great events which are passed, and the greater which are rapidly advancing, and that I may have been instrumental in touching some springs and turning some small wheels, which have had and will have such effects, I feel an awe upon my mind which is not easily described.
Almost to a man, the Founding Fathers were deeply influenced and shaped by Christian teachings and values. Skeptical and oftentimes disdainful of organized Christianity, which they viewed as a tyrannical perversion of Christ’s message, the men who founded America sought to ensure religious freedom and prevent a state sanctioned Church from ever arising in America. The Christian faith and principals of the Founding Fathers formed the moral and philosophical framework in which they operated under.
Rather than seeking to totally overthrow the existing political, social, and economic ordering of society, as the Judeo-Masonic Jacobins in France and the Jewish Bolsheviks in Russia did, the Founding Fathers sought to gain American independence from the tyranny of the British Crown. Turning to Classical Greco-Roman civilization and traditional Anglo-Saxon conceptions of freedom and governance for guidance and inspiration, the founders of America established a Constitutional republic, and warned the American people to remain forever vigilant and informed in order to maintain their freedom. When asked what form of government had been created, a monarchy or a republic, Benjamin Franklin replied, “A Republic, if you can keep it.”
The Founding Fathers recognized that in order to have good and responsible governance, the society had to maintain their moral compass, remain engaged in the political process, and willing to hold their leaders responsible for their actions. Good and responsible governance also required respectable, dignified, and disinterested public servants who put the interests of the American people and nation first and foremost. Sadly, the basic requirements of both the American citizenry and political leaders for maintaining freedom and ensuring good, responsible governance outlined by the Founding Fathers have been forgotten in contemporary American society.
What is the true essence of the American spirit? What does being an American mean? J. Hector St. John de Crevecoeur, a French writer who eventually took American citizenship after settling in the state of New York, had the following to say when describing the new American man:
HE is an American, who, leaving behind him all his ancient prejudices and manners, receives new ones from the new mode of life he has embraced, the new government he obeys, and the new rank he holds… Here individuals of all nations (Ed note: White nations) are melted into a new race of men, whose labours and posterity will one day cause great changes in the world. Americans are the western pilgrims, who are carrying with them that great mass of arts, sciences, vigour, and industry which began long since in the east; they will finish the great circle… The American is a new man, who acts upon new principals; he must therefore entertain new ideas, and form new opinions.
J. Hector St. John de Crevecoeur, Letters from an American Farmer (1782), Letter III
The claim is often made by liberals and leftists that America is a nation made up of immigrants, when in reality America is a nation founded and established by pioneers – White Christian pioneers, as Clement Pulaski recently observed on The Realist Report. White Christian peoples escaping the despotism of Europe explored, settled, and developed the North American continent, often in the face of enormous odds. The American frontier profoundly shaped the character of the new American man, as Frederick Jackson Turner explains:
The existence of an area of free land, its continuous recession, and the advance of American settlement westward, explain American development. Behind institutions, behind constitutional forms and modifications, lie the vital forces that call these organs into life and shape them to meet changing conditions.
This perennial rebirth, this fluidity of American life, this expansion westward with its new opportunities, its continuous touch with the simplicity of primitive society, furnish the forces dominating American character.
That coarseness and strength combined with acuteness and inquisitiveness; that practical, inventive turn of mind, quick to find expedients; that masterful grasp of material things, lacking in the artistic but powerful to effect great ends; that restless, nervous energy; that dominant individualism, working for good and for evil, and withal that buoyancy and exuberance which comes with freedom—these are traits of the frontier.
That traditional suspicion and distain of an overreaching centralized government; that ambitious, fearless, risk-taking outlook; that love of individual liberty and personal freedom; that hardworking, productive, Can-Do attitude – these and similar characteristics are the essence of the true American spirit, which has been profoundly influenced and shaped by the unique American political tradition and frontier experience.
In the realm of foreign policy, the Founding Fathers had much advice to offer, all of which has been thoroughly discarded and rejected by contemporary America. The Founding Fathers held a deep suspicion of permanent foreign alliances, and sought to ensure a strong, independent American nation free from foreign influence. George Washington, in his Farewell Address of 1796, had plenty of wise recommendations for the young American republic and people:
Observe good faith and justice towards all nations; cultivate peace and harmony with all. […]
… a passionate attachment of one nation for another produces a variety of evils. Sympathy for the favorite nation, facilitating the illusion of an imaginary common interest in cases where no real common interest exists, and infusing into one the enmities of the other, betrays the former into a participation in the quarrels and wars of the latter without adequate inducement or justification. It leads also to concessions to the favorite nation of privileges denied to others which is apt doubly to injure the nation making the concessions; by unnecessarily parting with what ought to have been retained, and by exciting jealousy, ill-will, and a disposition to retaliate, in the parties from whom equal privileges are withheld. And it gives to ambitious, corrupted, or deluded citizens (who devote themselves to the favorite nation), facility to betray or sacrifice the interests of their own country, without odium, sometimes even with popularity; gilding, with the appearances of a virtuous sense of obligation, a commendable deference for public opinion, or a laudable zeal for public good, the base or foolish compliances of ambition, corruption, or infatuation.
As avenues to foreign influence in innumerable ways, such attachments are particularly alarming to the truly enlightened and independent patriot. How many opportunities do they afford to tamper with domestic factions, to practice the arts of seduction, to mislead public opinion, to influence or awe the public councils. Such an attachment of a small or weak towards a great and powerful nation dooms the former to be the satellite of the latter.
Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence (I conjure you to believe me, fellow-citizens) the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake, since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of republican government. […]
The great rule of conduct for us in regard to foreign nations is in extending our commercial relations, to have with them as little political connection as possible.
Thomas Jefferson, writing in 1823, argued that “Our first and fundamental maxim should be never to entangle ourselves in the broils of Europe; our second, never to suffer Europe to intermeddle in cisatlantic affairs.” Jefferson also advocated “peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations – entangling alliances with none.” John Quincy Adams, writing in 1821, said America “goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own.”
Could you imagine what these men would say today given contemporary American foreign policy and the insidious influence of the organized Jewish community and pro-Israel lobby?
Benjamin Franklin, perhaps the wisest of the Founding Fathers, accurately predicted the fate of the American experiment when writing to the Constitutional Convention in 1787:
I agree to this Constitution with all its faults, if they are such: because I think a General Government necessary for us, and there is no Form of Government but what may be a Blessing to the People if well-administered; and I believe farther that this is likely to be well administered for a Course of Years and can only end in Despotism as other Forms have done before it, when the People shall become so corrupted as to need Despotic Government, being incapable of any other.
Franklin argued that America would eventually slip into tyranny, as all other republics had before it, as a result of corruption, greed, self interest, ignorance, and apathy – and he was right. Describing the corrupt nature of the British political and economic establishment, Franklin wrote:
Avarice and ambition are strong passions and, separately, act with great force on the human mind; but when both are united, and may be gratified in the same object, their violence is almost irresistible, and they hurry men headlong into factions and contentions; destructive of all good government.
Is that not a perfect description of the contemporary American political and economic establishment?
As a proud American man, I take to heart the great American author Herman Melville’s wise words:
We Americans are the peculiar, chosen people – the Israel of our time; we bear the ark of the liberties of the world… God has predestined, mankind expects, great things from our race; and great things we feel in our souls.
I think it’s time we all rediscover who we are as Americans and rid ourselves of the Jewish tyranny and despotism we find ourselves under today. On this 4th of July, let us recall the revolutionary words written by Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence, and ask ourselves if the time has come for Americans to “alter or abolish” the current form of government ruling America today.
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
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. […]
NB: This article was originally published on July 4, 2013.