U.S. Constitution Was Designed for Who?
Freedom is for a responsible people. A society can be free only as much as the people in it bear the responsibilities of that freedom.
History shows that those societies that are more free are more prosperous. Freedom, however, requires responsibility; people taking ownership of their decisions and responsibility for their personal well being. Prosperity is not necessarily guaranteed by having freedom. Freedom is like power and, as Spiderman says, with great power comes great responsibility!
The issue is whether or not we want to strive for and work for freedom, or sacrifice it to accommodate those who do not appreciate the freedoms we still have. We will always take care of those in need, or are going through a rough time, but those claiming to be "in need" have become too numerous.
Keeping our liberty
Empowered for freedom
The U.S. Constitution has worked for America when Americans can be self-governing individuals. It is when we do not govern ourselves—individually—that we see more and more laws created.
There will never be enough U.S. laws for irresponsible people. Laws cannot make people govern themselves. What empowers people for freedom are moral values empowering self responsibility and government.
Legislative action against character education
Learning without good morality is useless
Our constitutional government requires Americans to live with honesty, integrity and loyalty as part of their moral character. Where does such morality come from? These moral principles are based on Judeo-Christian values.
Without these values, learning more knowledge can even effect mischief to people's morals and principles. Education then becomes a negative force as they are put to use for evil purposes. These moral values, then, are required for a society to have the rights and privileges America has enjoyed these many years. It is these moral principles on which our Republican government is based.
Origin of America's form of government
Where did America's successful form of government come from? Where did the Founders of America get their ideas to create a form of government so different from all other nations? There is a saying,
The philosophy in the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next. (Attributed to President Abraham Lincoln)
Taking a look at the philosophy used in the school room of the Founders two centuries ago shows us what philosophy produced our American form of government.
Is the success of America due in major part to the philosophy of its Founders?
Harvard was started by congregationalists for the training of ministers of the Christian gospel. From Harvard came John Adams, John Hancock, Samuel Adams, William Ellery, William Hooper, Robert Treat Paine, William Williams and Elbridge Gerry—all signers of our Declaration of Independence. Others who came from Harvard were signers of the Constitution; William Samuel Johnson, Rufus King and other prominent leaders in our nation's founding.
Harvard's educational philosophy was described in its two mottos.
- "For Christ and the Church"
- "For the glory of Christ"
Harvard's directive to its students was that they seriously consider the main purpose of their life and studies is "to know God and Jesus, which is eternal life" (John 17:3), and that Christ is the only foundation for sound knowledge and learning. They were to read the Bible twice a day and develop "proficiency" in it.
Where America's first public school system came from
Origin of a Christian based education system
We see then that academic learning was founded on biblical principles. The story is similar at that time for Yale, as well.
Such learning based on a Christian foundation came out from people like Luther in the Reformation age where there was a major push to return to people reading the Bible and getting to know for themselves what it says. They had just come out of the dark ages. They believed that when people knew the Bible we could stop the civil atrocities and bring the dark ages to an end.
© 2011 Deidre Shelden