Self-Educated American: Our motto: “Standing Fast by the Judeo-Christian heritage, limited government, and the U.S. Constitution”, since 2008.
So what is our underlying philosophy? Think Classical Liberalism, or the political philosophy of the American Founding generation, which can be described as a cross between the Best of Enlightenment Thinking with the Best of Christianity (especially that which opened up to men’s view as religious liberty expanded in America and bore its best fruit) .
Think Thomas Jefferson’s, “A nation that expects to be ignorant and free expects what never was and never will be,” – noting Jefferson’s definition of “educated” included the all important development and exercise of “the moral sense,” a common element in the curriculum of his day.
Think John Adams, “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge or gallantry would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution is designed only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for any other.”
Think the self-governing limited government the God of Heaven inspired under our Constitution, with its checks and balances, its division and limitation of powers (including federalism with few powers delegated to Washington and all the rest retained by the states and the people), its frequent elections, its equality before the law, its Inalienable Rights – especially religious freedom (thought by the Founders as the best promotion tool of a moral society and the best protection tool for the rule of law) and the other First Amendment rights (so that “the cream might freely rise to the top” in religion, politics, science, and etc., rather than being held down by government meddling), and its American free enterprise system, its commitment to Fair Trade and no permanent or entangling alliances abroad, and its honest money under a gold standard; all of this upheld by an educated, moral, and vigilant electorate.
Think also of a nation whose national anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner,” reflects the conviction of its Founders, “Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just; And let this be our motto, In God Is Our Trust,” for it was to Him that we appealed for our Unalienable Rights, and it was though His Divine Intervention that we claimed victory in the War for Independence and inspiration in the writing of our Constitution, and is to Him that we owe our free principles of government, our good and moral laws, our rights including even all our trial rights (which came right out of the Bible), our ongoing quest to extend the principles of free government to all men, and our belief in a law that is mostly if not entirely negative in its application (or at least it was).
So understand that Self-Educated American sees the necessity of the Moral Law found in the eternal principles of right and wrong found in the Judeo-Christian Law as the preferred law for America, for it is that moral standard which is at the root of all that we hold dear in America’s years of relative innocence and glory, that it is the true law of the God of Heaven discoverable through both reason and revelation, that it must be left unfettered from government intervention so that it might freely compete for and freely win the hearts of men and women, girls and boys, again and again in the Free Market place of ideas, so that the Constitutional law, the Great Law, and all its subordinate laws might rest upon a foundation of rock rather than on the shifting sands of that moral relativism promoted and exploited for political gain by the Progressive revolutionary partners of the Socialist, Communist, Humanist, and Secularist movements.
And Self-Educated American understands that as the religion of Christ, and the morality of His Bible, must be free to compete for its converts, whether in public or private, for God will compel no man to believe, nor to enjoy Heaven, so also His moral laws that find place in the laws of man must be negatively enforced (this principle is especially vital on the national or larger state level where powers once acquired or corruptly applied are nearly impossible to check, and less vital, though still advisable in most cases as we move to the small town level where corruption and out of control taxation is more easily reversed and remedied), so that men will remain free to choose between so many good, moral, and indifferent choices (not punished by the law) without the least interference from the state, and ought only be punished when those choices lead one to do harm to another by violating his or her sacred rights. That the standard of harm might always be limited to this small corner in which government may operate, that it might never get into the business of compelling men to do good rather than merely persuading them (the common duty of all good men everywhere). Here too is the reason the Judeo-Christian moral law must be free to be well known, free from restraint in its mission of winning hearts and souls and in generally encouraging good. For let that law be replaced by another, whether Humanism, or Socialism, or Liberation Theology, or Mysticism, or Secularism, or any other number of religions and philosophies, and let it be upheld by the civil law (for all law is moral), and liberty will find its end, which we vow as our Christian duty and our American duty, never will be.
Yes, the Judeo-Christian moral law is the Cream that once rose to the top and must be free to rise to the top again, but it must in fact be free to rise to the top, and be freely sustained there by the persuasion of its superior principles and wisdom, not by the force of the state. The state’s only job, and this to preserve itself, and to preserve that most precious of human liberties, the freedom of the soul, is to leave it free to flourish, to not obstruct it, shackle it, or confine it to the corner closet or any closet.
For as Alexis de Tocqueville was paraphrased to have said, “America is great because America is good; and if America ever ceases to be good she will cease to be great.”
Thus, the beginnings of Moral Liberalism.
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