Principles lost

July 8, 2014 

During the first 150 years of our nation our government of the people was steadfast in the principles declared by our founding fathers. Under penalty of death those founders wrote their sovereign king, "We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal: that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these, are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

There are countless volumes written about how the principles of the Holy Bible were used in teaching our nations children. Our nation grew, flourished, and was richly blessed by our creator. We even went to war with ourselves to secure the true meaning of "all men."

Prior to WWI, with influences like "workers of the world unite," America's future began to change as government began to usurp the will of the people and take more control of our industry through regulations and bureaucratic departments. Education, labor, and now our medical care, are just a few of the controls used by our government. They even took control of how much American business will pay its workers.

With control of our nation's education the mind of America began to slowly change. Much of America now believes that government is the answer instead of the freedom and liberty of hardworking, innovative citizens. After all, that's the way it is in other countries.

Let's go back about 150 years and hear what a true American leader has to say on the subject.

"The prudent, penniless beginner in the world labors for wages a while, saves a surplus with which to buy tools or land for himself, then labors on his own account another while, and at length hires another new beginner to help him. This is the just and generous and prosperous system which opens the way to all, gives hope to all, and consequent energy and progress and improvement of condition to all." Abraham Lincoln, message to Congress — Dec. 3, 1861.

For decades our government has replaced work and wisdom with handouts and socialism.

"Property is the fruit of labor … property is desirable … is a positive good in the world. That some should be rich shows that others may become rich, and hence is just encouragement to industry and enterprise. Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another; but let him labor diligently and build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence when built." Abraham Lincoln, reply to New York Workingmen's Democratic Republican Association — March 21, 1864.

Only thieves would devise a system of "you make it, we'll take it."

"Labor is like any other commodity in the market — increase the demand for it, and you increase the price for it." Abraham Lincoln, message to Congress — Dec. 1, 1862.

Do I hear the virtues of capitalism?

"I don't believe in a law to prevent a man from getting rich; it would do no more harm than good. So while we do not propose any war upon capital, we do wish to allow the humblest man an equal chance to get rich with everybody else." Abraham Lincoln, speech at New Haven, Connecticut — March 6, 1860.

Government avoids our Creator and our courts are removing Him from society. Now our government is working for equal outcome without equal effort or, as Obama puts it, spreading the wealth.

And finally, "As each man has one mouth to be fed, and one pair of hands to furnish food, it was probably intended that that particular pair of hands should feed that particular mouth." Abraham Lincoln, address at the Wisconsin State Fair — Sept. 30, 1859.

I've written often about the principles upon which our nation was founded. Mr. Lincoln lived the principles he knew to be true, principles upon which our nation had been founded. For the miss-educated, our nation's capitol is filled with examples of our faith.

Here is one example from Scripture: "Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth." Ephesians 4: 28.

Far too many of our able bodied citizens are being fed from the labor of others.

We pride ourselves in being a nation of laws but many of our laws are contrary to our core principles. Only the blind or socialistic believe a law demanding a minimum "living" wage won't result in increased prices for everyone.

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